Euphoria of promotion has been usurped by disbelief at reluctance of mega-rich owners to invest.
IN: D Gabbidon, K Dyer (both West Ham), J Bothroyd (Cardiff); OUT: P Chimbonda, G Mahon, G Tofas, L Brown, J Oastler, Josh Parker, R Rose, M Leigertwood
Last season: 1st, Championship
Last trophy: Ch’ship, 2011
FIRST FIVE FIXTURES
13 Aug, Bolton (H); 20 Aug, Everton (A); 27 Aug, Wigan (A); 12 Sep, Newcastle (H); 17 Sep, Wolves (A)
BEST CASE scenario
Adel Taarabt (left) continues sizzling form and Warnock instills siege mentality into his unglamorous squad, steering them to mid-table.
Warnock and board fall out, Taarabt flees sinking ship and Rangers go back down.
TREVOR STEVEN’S VERDICT
Great mystery is why rich owners have hardly given Warnock any funds to improve a squad worse than of those any relegated last season. Will be a minor miracle if they survive.