Ramsey: QPR are in safe hands


Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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QPR boss Chris Ramsey is convinced the club will not face financial ruin following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Rangers’ exit from the top flight was confirmed as they crashed to an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, a display Ramsey described as their “worst for a long time”.

Some uncertainty now hangs over what will happen at Loftus Road, with reports suggesting the club could face a huge fine for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations last time they were in the Football League.

That matter is still to be determined, with the league’s assessment process ongoing, but Ramsey believes the club is in good hands.

Ramsey said: “I think the owners will save us from going over the edge. I don’t really understand the bits and bobs of what’s gone on before I came but I think they are very good owners and board members that 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 ending up in the financial mire.”

Rangers travelled to the Etihad Stadium needing to win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, but they never looked up for the battle.

They trailed after just four minutes to the first goal of the prolific Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick and they went down without a whimper. Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva also got on the scoresheet for City in a one-sided contest.

Ramsey said: “I thought the performance today 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 don’t think they gave up but we talked about doing certain things before the game and one or two switched off and didn’t do it. 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.”

In an interview this week, QPR midfielder Joey Barton claimed some “bad eggs” in the squad had undermined the team’s survival bid and Rasmey did not disagree.

Ramsey 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. I don’t really want to expand on that.

“For me it is about focusing on the fact we didn’t do what we were supposed to do in the game today.”

Ramsey was hampered on the day by the unavailability of Brazilian midfielder Sandro due to an administrative issue.

The club were advised by the Home Office not to select the former Tottenham player because of a matter relating to his UK residency visa.

Ramsey claimed not to know the details but said: “From my point of view it was very disappointing. It was a massive blow to us but there is not much you can do about it when you get to find out late in the day.”

Ramsey’s own position will now be discussed, having been appointed only until the end of the season after Harry Redknapp’s departure in February.

Asked what will happen, he said: “I don’t know. The club will make an announcement probably at the end of the season.

“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.

“I am hoping they make a positive decision towards me and that I am able to help them in their long-term plans. That is how I sit, but as we know a lot changes from week to week.”

QPR will now wrap up their season with games against Newcastle and Leicester.

Chairman Tony Fernandes also tried to reassure fans about the future.

Fernandes told the club’s website, www.qpr.co.uk: “Obviously we’re all very disappointed that our fate has been sealed, but I don’t want to dwell on it. I want to focus on the future.

“We are aware of the financial implications of relegation and as a group of shareholders we remain 100 per cent committed in the short, medium and long term.

“We have an opportunity to rebuild again and put in place the foundations to deliver long-term success and stability at QPR.

“I can reassure all Rangers supporters that the building blocks are in place to move things in the right direction for the future.”

Barton expressed his disappointment via Twitter.

He wrote: “Gutted for everyone involved with the football club. Today was embarrassing but it’s not been good enough since July.

“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.

“We have to finish our last two games with integrity and as a club come back stronger for this painful experience.

“Sorry to all the fans who have spent their hard earned money supporting us up and down the country all season. I feel what you feel.”

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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