Ramsey highlights human cost
Published 14/05/2015 | 22:41
QPR boss Chris Ramsey insists players who view football as a "meal ticket" should consider the human cost of their actions elsewhere in the club.
Just hours before QPR were relegated from the Barclays Premier League with Sunday's 6-0 rout at Manchester City, midfielder Joey Barton said in an interview that the season had been spoiled by the "bad eggs" in the squad.
The contribution of Adel Taarabt, Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Isla, Armand Traore and Mauro Zarate has been questioned by fans, although the unrest in QPR's dressing room has been a recurring problem and predates the current season.
Ramsey believes players who are happy just to pick up their wages must remember their attitude has dire consequences among other employees and cash-strapped supporters.
"I think a lot of players are generally good eggs but there are a lot of players that look at the game as a meal ticket and don't understand the implications of not performing correctly," said Ramsey.
"For instance, when you get relegated there is a significant decrease in the revenue that comes into the club.
"That might mean that the person who works in the shop has to reduce their staff. It might mean that one or two programme sellers have to go.
"It might mean the tea lady that relies on her minimum wage and getting out of the house to have some friendship with people loses her job.
"What they don't realise is that most of the cuts happen at the middle to bottom end.
"What hurts me is not really for the people that will maybe get a reduced contract by £10,000 a week.
"I get more hurt for the fan who gets up every morning, puts away £20 a week in order to get their season ticket next year.
"I get disappointed for those people that will get cut lower down the food chain."
QPR have been criticised for the age profile of their team, but Ramsey insists it is the older heads who have given everything in doomed pursuit of Premier League survival.
"If you look at Clint Hill, Richard Dunne, Bobby Zamora, Rob Green, Joey Barton and Karl Henry, they're all 30 and above and have always been ready to play week in, week out," Ramsey said
"Richard Dunne accelerated his return in order to be ready for the battle. Steven Caulker played with a broken hand. Joey has been available nearly every game.
"Karl Henry because of his energy has been moved around in order to play. You could see the anguish on Clint Hill's face that we weren't getting it right at the weekend.
"You look at some of the older players who have been lambasted because we're an 'old squad', they have been the ones who have carried the fight."