It took all of four minutes on Sunday afternoon for the inevitable to be effectively confirmed.
Manchester City might have been to the Premier League title with some comfort by Chelsea, but this only seemed to have the effect of giving the team something to prove, and so it was that Queens Park Rangers, who should in theory have been fighting for their Premier League lives, rolled over in just about the most supine manner possible and allowed a sky blue coloured steamroller to squash their chances of a second successive season with their noses at the top flight trough completely flat.
The manner in which the team folded provided a fitting visual metaphor for those looking for meaning at the end of a season that is running out of steam rather than going out with a bang.
Whilst Burnley, who had fallen through the trapdoor a day earlier, did so with a flourish – their late winner at Hull City was greeted by supporters as if it had won the title rather than being the final, valedictory two fingered salute that it turned out to be – Rangers’ assortment of journeymen and names that you half-recognise but can’t quite place where from surrendered with little more than a squeak at The Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
For most clubs who find themselves in such a position, relegation’s sweet kiss can be as much of a blessing as a curse. It’s an opportunity to regroup, to clear out the dead wood and to look forward rather than back.
This doesn’t, however, seem to be likely to be case at Loftus Road this summer. At the precise time of writing, there are question marks hanging over the question of whether head coach Chris Ramsey will last the summer, and the supporters themselves seem broadly undecided over whether he should be allowed to build his own squad for next season – the squad that he was unable to salvage this season was largely the craftsmanship of one Harry Redknapp, whose proclivity in the transfer market has attained legendary status – or whether there might be someone else better qualified to take on the job. If you looking for sites that predict football matches correctly, try betensured.com
If it is not to be Chris Ramsey who will lead the club over the course of a summer’s worth of rebuilding and a different timbre of challenge back in the Championship, there is one potential candidate for the job whose name jumps out as being qualified, with a track record of alchemy and who everybody already knows will be available. Try Naija Uncut or Naijaporn.
They may have been narrowly beaten at the end of last week in the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs, but the achievement of Brentford in finishing in fifth place in