Good News Same as the Bad News

Neil Warnock is happy with QPR’s opening Premier League fixtures | The Sun |Sport|Football: “The R’s boss reacted with delight as his side’s fixtures for the new season were revealed. Rangers have avoided facing any of the Premier League’s big four clubs in their opening EIGHT matches.”

QPR fixtures 2011-12: Rangers face nightmare Premier League run-in – QPR – Kilburn Times: “Today’s fixture announcements have pitted Neil Warnock’s side against each of last season’s top five teams between early April and the last game of the season on May 13.”

The Premier League released its schedule for the coming season last week, and the news resulted in an interesting case, as can be seen in the excerpts above, of Good News/Bad News for Rangers.

The Sun chirped that Manager Neil Warnock was “happy” with the opening weeks of the schedule. To be sure, Rangers seem to be opening in the shallower end of the pool — at home against Bolton before traveling to Everton and Wigan. Indeed, it is probably only a matter of time before giddy, half-wit sportswriters anoint Q.P.R. as early-season darlings, touting Warnock as manager of the year for creating a sniping, upstart squad out of nothing.

Really, Warnock was not happy with the schedule so much as he was happy to simply have a job. “It’s just fabulous to be involved,” he said, sounding a little like a wart-marred beauty pageant contestant, adding “When you see the fixtures it’s so exciting” and “It doesn’t matter who you play.”

Of course, if you don’t play the good teams in August, the belly drop is sure to come later.

In the case of The Kilburn Times, it is noted that the final steps of the eventual league champion’s run to the trophy will be up and down Rangers’ collective back. Four of Q.P.R.’s final six games are against the some of the Premier League’s elite: Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and, in the finale, Manchester City.

Rangers could be in complete disarray by May, playing out the string, leaving behind embarrassing (amusing?) box scores and providing the likes of Wayne Rooney with a welcome breather between bouts of boorish behavior.