QPR boss Chris Ramsey offered no excuses as his team crashed out of the Barclays Premier League with a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Manchester City.
The Londoners were left facing critical questions over their financial future, squad make-up and the identity of their manager after a performance Ramsey described as their “worst for a long time”.
After watching his side capitulate, Ramsey was unable to disagree with recent claims from outspoken midfielder Joey Barton that there are some “bad eggs” within the group.
He said: “I think if you go to any club there are going to be bad eggs. I think what Joey alluded to is that there are people that could have probably helped us that haven’t helped us.”
Barton again pulled no punches when he took to Twitter to reflect on his team’s demise.
You get out of life what you put in. Hurts to say but the league table does not lie. We don't deserve to stay in this league.— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 10, 2015
He wrote: “You get out of life what you put in. Hurts to say but the league table does not lie. We don’t deserve to stay in this league.”
Bottom of the table, QPR had needed to win at the Etihad Stadium to stand any chance of survival but they looked doomed from the moment Sergio Aguero scored his first of three after four minutes.
Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva also got on the scoresheet as City tore into their dispirited opponents to chalk up a fourth successive win without giving the impression they were in top gear.
Ramsey admitted his side were poor and resigned to their fate.
He said: “I thought the performance was probably our worst one for a long time.
“The players are in a very solemn mood and they know they haven’t done themselves justice. I thought we shot ourselves in the foot.
“On the day the quality was nowhere near what it should be for a Premier League team.”
The issue of Financial Fair Play is now likely to rear its head again. The Rs could face the possibility of a huge fine if they are deemed to have been in breach of the Football League’s FFP regulations last time they played in the Championship in 2013-14. The assessment of that season’s accounts is still ongoing.
Yet whatever the outcome, Ramsey is convinced the club will not face financial ruin.
He said: “I think the owners will save us from going over the edge. They will try to put something in place to make sure that QPR doesn’t end up like some of the other clubs we have seen that have slid all the way down the divisions, and ended up in the financial mire.”
Ramsey himself must now wait to see whether he has done enough to convince the club’s hierarchy that he deserves the job full-time. The 53-year-old was appointed only until the end of the season after the departure of Harry Redknapp in February.
Ramsey said: “It is always difficult when you are sat here having lost 6-0 because generally people look for heads when there is a heavy defeat.
“But I am hoping they make a positive decision towards me and that I am able to help them in their long-term plans.”
On a dismal day for QPR, the club also confirmed midfielder Sandro was withdrawn from selection on advice of the Home Office because of an issue relating to his visa.
As for City, a disappointing campaign at least appears to be ending in positive fashion.
Second place is still within the club’s grasp and Aguero, now with 31 goals to his name this term, is looking back to his most lethal best.
His form has led some to wonder what might have been had he not missed seven games through injury in December and January, and then needed another six to rediscover his scoring touch.
But manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is very important for the players to be fit for whole season but I don’t think because ’Kun’ was injured for some games we are not near Chelsea. I think there are a lot more reasons for that.”