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When it came down to it Queens Park Rangers had neither guts, guile or the Brazilian midfielder they signed to help them stay in the Premier League and after the 6-0 humiliation to Manchester City on Sunday, they were relegated in shame.

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Embarrassingly for a club that is distinguished at shaming itself in public, Sandro -- an £8million summer signing -- cannot be put forward for selection as there are issues regarding his work visa.

It really is pathetic. The owner Tony Fernandes constantly drones on about rebuilding, culture and philosophy but how is he ever going to run a successful football club if he can't be certain one of his 25 players has the right to work in the country?

If it wasn't such a serious situation -- with the hefty financial fair play fine from the Football League the club will receive when in the Championship again -- it would be laughable. But it is indicative of the endemic recklessness and rank ineptness at Queens Park Rangers.

It's all planning, promises and glossy handouts about new stadiums and training grounds.

Head coach Chris Ramsey said after the match that the players he put out at the Etihad failed to follow his instructions. He also said that a chunk of the XI who started were carrying serious injuries and another group had made themselves unavailable for selection without being injured throughout the season.

He said he didn't want to reveal names or go into too much detail about who should shoulder the blame for the latest relegation but he certainly let off some fireworks with his post-match interviews and comments.

Every player that has spoken about Ramsey at QPR has talked in glowing terms and seemed receptive to him getting a longer contract but on Sunday they played as they if only wanted to see him standing outside a job centre from the comfort of their Bentley.

Leroy Fer was particularly atrocious in all aspects of his play and his application was dismal. He jogged about, even ducking out the way of the free-kick that doubled City's lead. Karl Henry and Joey Barton covered the most ground but then they always do, they're great footballers without the football.

Yun Suk-Young was signed when Harry Redknapp was the manager but if his defending is anything to go by, he should be in the club shop on Monday morning trying to sell shirts  instead of playing football for a living.

The nice guys -- Robert Green, Richard Dunne and Clint Hill -- are not good, young or protected enough to compete in the top flight any more.

This was a Manchester City side with nothing to play for, a manager possibly on the way out and with Yaya Toure maybe out the door too. He was benched for this shooting session before coming on in the second half.

Toure missing the start didn't really matter to Rangers, it failed to inspire or stir them.

It was a sorry state of affairs but perhaps finishing last, at the foot of the table, might serve as a wake-up call to the deluded who still refer to the majority shareholder as "uncle" Fernandes and rate Adel Taarabt.

Hopefully defeats against Newcastle and Leicester in the coming two weeks will serve as giant signposts to the people in charge saying "You clearly have almost no idea what on earth you are doing, everything you touch turns to trash."

At 3.40pm BST with the rotting carcass of the season still warm, Fernandes was at it again penning a tawdry note on the club website about philosophy, culture and the academy; all the buzz words he picked up in in his copy of Football For Dummies.

Please leave us alone to mourn and fester in peace, in the sanctuary of our own self-loathing. Not everything is a media opportunity.

Sandro missing this one was the perfect reminder of just how silly QPR are and this relegation, a long time coming, was thoroughly deserved.

Wally Downes Jr. is a reporter for Hayters sports agency in London and a contributor to ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @WallyDownes_Jr.


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