Ramsey eyes QPR stay after drop, agrees with Barton 'bad eggs' criticism
QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey insists he is the man to lead the club back to the Premier League after they were relegated in a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, but agreed with Joey Barton's assertion that some players in the squad had not shown full commitment.
The Premier League's bottom side failed to rouse themselves for a must-win game at the Etihad Stadium and seemed condemned after conceding Aguero's first after just four minutes.
Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva also got on the scoresheet as rampant City, who hit the woodwork as well through Wilfried Bony, kept up their challenge for second place with a fourth successive win.
But the defeat was crushing for QPR and the focus now turns to the future and who will continue as Rs boss. Asked if he wanted to take the job permanently, Ramsey told Sky Sports: "Yes. I really do. It's a club I've taken to my heart and I really want to be here."
The former Tottenham coach was expected to be confirmed as Redknapp's long-term successor but is worried what relegation means for him and later added: "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 don't know what is going to happen. I am hoping they make a positive decision towards me and that I am able to help them in their long-term plans. This club is in my heart."
However, the manager did agree with Barton's assessment that some "bad eggs" in the dressing room contributed to their relegation.
Skipper Barton said Rangers had been let down by some in their own dressing room. The QPR skipper said in an interview with Sky Sports: "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."
While Ramsey refused to name them, he said something similar.
"I think what Joey alluded to is that there are people that could have probably helped us that haven't helped us," he said in a news conference. "I don't really want to expand on that."
Ramsey, who has been in charge for the last 13 games since Harry Redknapp's surprise resignation, felt he should not be held solely responsible for their demotion.
"I don't know if I am the right person to blame," he added. "I have been given a marvellous opportunity. Unfortunately it was in a situation that was already on the decline.
"The players have shown a lot of determination to stay in the league but you don't end up where you are by fluke. We have given away 10 points after 80 minutes which probably shows there is a problem with concentration or fitness. There is some lack of X-factor that doesn't take us right to the last minute."
He also insisted that, now relegation has been confirmed, the club must accept they are in a rebuilding phase.
"We came here with a lot of hope, shot ourselves in the foot and gave away three set-pieces which they scored from," he said. "On the day we didn't really turn up and they are a very good team. The boys will be very disappointed in the way they performed. We are really feel sorry for the travelling fans.
"As you can imagine the dressing room is very, very quiet. I don't think it's a time for post mortems, our fate is what it is. The club is in a rebuilding phase now and would have been anyway regardless of today. There are lots of people at the club who will be extremely disappointed in the way we conducted ourselves today.
"A lot of players today were playing with injuries that in most situations they wouldn't have played with. At the moment I'm very disappointed and gutted, more about the performance because that isn't really us. From my personal point of view I'd like to thank the owners and the fans for backing us like they have."
Rangers do have a lot of players out of contract and Ramsey paved the way for plenty of departures by saying their current wage bill is unsustainable in the Championship.
"We have almost forced ourselves, by being relegated, to adjust our wage bill," he explained. "I think the accountant will probably look at it and be saying we really need to look at this to make sure we don't end up in a situation that other clubs have found themselves in."