Saturday 16 December 2017

Barton is right about 'bad eggs' insists frustrated boss Ramsey

Chris Ramsey's QPR side were relegated from the Premier League yesterday following their 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City
Chris Ramsey's QPR side were relegated from the Premier League yesterday following their 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City

QPR manager Chris Ramsey echoed Joey Barton's claims that "bad eggs" had contributed to the club's relegation from the Premier League after a 6-0 defeat at Manchester City left the them facing a financial abyss.

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick embellished City's biggest win of the season and edged the outgoing champions closer to automatic qualification for the Champions League.

Barton, the QPR captain, hit out this weekend at so-called "bad eggs" in the dressing room and Ramsey, who replaced Harry Redknapp as manager in February, admitted that he could not disagree.

"I think if you go to any club there are going to be 'bad eggs' and those sort of people," Ramsey said. "What Joey probably alluded to is there are people who could have helped us who haven't helped us. I don't think it's the time for post-mortems.

"Our fate is now where it is. But listen, there are lots of people at the club who will be extremely disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves in the game.

"There are a lot of things I could say but I wouldn't want to put any bombs in place at this stage. Most of the stuff has been well documented. At this stage, it's for us to show a bit of dignity and class and take our medicine as it's come today."

Ramsey (right) stopped short of identifying the former England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as one of the "bad eggs", despite the player being subjected to obscene gestures from the travelling supporters when introduced from the substitutes' bench for only his fourth Premier League appearance of the campaign. "I wouldn't say Shaun particularly," Ramsey said. "He has been on the bench most of the time."

However, with QPR facing a potential £58 million fine by the Football League for breaking FFP regulations, a penalty which could result in relegation to the non-league if they fail to pay or renegotiate, Ramsey admitted that the club were now dependent on the owner, Tony Fernandes, to keep them afloat. "I think the owners will save us from going over the edge," Ramsey said.

"I think we have very good owners and board members who will try and put something in place to make sure QPR don't end up like other clubs who have slipped down the divisions and ended up in the financial mire.

"It has been well documented about our wage bill and I'm not sure the club could sustain that over a long period.

"From a financial point of view, the club is now in a position to readjust the finances and have a more realistic wage bill for the Championship."

Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini, who claimed to be unaware of reports - denied by City - that Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola had been lined up to replace him as manager, claimed that Agüero could still get better.

"It's not the same Aguero as a year ago, but he understands that he must work harder," Pellegrini said. "I think he will keep improving because he's just 26 years old." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport