Queens Park Rangers’ tumultuous season in the Premier League came to an end today when the R’s were officially relegated following a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City.
[ RECAP: Manchester City 6-0 QPR ]
Sitting in last place in the league with just seven wins through 36 matches, QPR will be headed back to the Championship next season where the club will begin to rebuild.
Club captain Joey Barton was bitterly disappointed with the team’s season, and hit out at “one or two bad eggs” in the dressing room that he believed hurt the side’s performance.
Speaking to Sky Sports before QPR’s loss to Manchester City today:
There’s a few people who need to have a good look at themselves. Whatever happens on Sunday and the next two games, you have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say I did everything I can. Some people haven’t done that.
On the whole, the dressing room has turned up and given everything. One or two bad eggs have spoiled it. If it had been done my way, they would have been out of the building straight away.”
As the skipper, Barton has the right to call out his teammates to play up to their potential, but usually that would be done in the dressing room and not to the media. Never one to hold his tongue and out of a contract this summer, Barton decided to go public with his comments.
Manager Chris Ramsey came out in defense of Barton’s comments, saying “I think if you go to any club there are going to be bad eggs and those sort of people. What Joey probably alluded to is there are people who could have helped us who haven’t helped us.”
It’s too late for words now, as the R’s are Championship-bound and will have a tough time getting back into the Premier League. A decision must be made on whether Chris Ramsey will stay on as manager, and calls from clubs interested in the likes of Charlie Austin and Rob Green will surely be coming.