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Ramsey keen to lead QPR revival mission

11 May 2015, 09:15

Manchester - Queens Park Rangers caretaker manager Chris Ramsey agreed with outspoken captain Joey Barton's assessment there were "bad eggs" at the club after they were relegated from the Premier League.

But he insisted he wanted to lead the Hoops back to the top flight, adding QPR's Malaysian businessman owner Tony Fernandes could prevent the London club from collapsing into financial oblivion.

QPR were humiliated 6-0 at Manchester City to be demoted to the Championship although the more worrying aspect of their position is a potential 58 million ($90 million, 80 million euros) fine hanging over them from the Football League under Financial Fair Play regulations.

Before the visit to the Etihad Stadium, Barton criticised some of his team mates, saying there were some "bad eggs" in the dressing room.

"I think if you go to any club there are going to be 'bad eggs' and those sort of people," said Ramsey.

"What Joey probably eluded to is there are people who could have helped us who haven't helped us.

"I don't want to explain that -- we can over a coffee after this, if you want!," he told reporters.

"But I think the owners will save us from going over the edge," Ramsey added.

"I don't really understand the bits and bobs of what's gone on before I came but 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."

Ramsey was appointed manager until the end of the season in February after former boss Harry Redknapp resigned for reasons of ill-health, with QPR already in trouble.

Whether he returns as manager of the club in the Championship remains to be seen, although the 53-year-old was keen to take up the post on a permanent basis.

"I don't know what happens now although the club will probably make an announcement at the end of the season," he said.

"It's always difficult when you're sat here having lost 6-0 and I don't know what's going to happen.

"I'm hoping they make a positive decision towards me and I am at the helm to help them in their long-term plans."

 Guardiola talk

City manager Manuel Pellegrini saw a Sergio Aguero hat-trick supplemented by goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva as his deposed champions stayed second behind title-winners Chelsea.

But he reacted angrily to questions about reports from the Middle East that City had lined up Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to replace after the end of this season.

"I didn't hear or read any reports and nobody told me about them," he said.

But with City now mathematically assured of a place in next season's Champions League, the Chilean manager is determined for his club to end the campaign in style before he holds talks about his future with the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners.

"It is important to end the season well not for me but for the club," he said. "It is important not to change the philosophy of football.

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"At the moment, we didn't win a title and don't have a cup this year but I have more conviction about my way of football.

"Last year, we won the Premier League with a lot of goals but I didn't talk about my philosophy because I think it is more important to have conviction in your philosophy when you don't win."

Aguero's hat-trick took his top-flight tally for the season to 25 goals and all but assured of him winning the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

"I said even before he scored these three goals that he works hard every day in training and continues to improve," said Pellegrini.

"He is only 26 and must be a very important player in the future of this club."



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