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Richard Dunne and QPR on their way to the Championship after being hit for six

Chris Ramsey’s side join Burnley to fall through the trap door after a heavy loss at Man City.

Charlie Austin's goalscoring exploits were in vain as Rangers go straight back down.
Charlie Austin's goalscoring exploits were in vain as Rangers go straight back down.
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QUEENS PARK RANGERS were relegated from the English Premier League on Sunday following a 6-0 defeat away to Manchester City.

The thrashing left QPR bottom of the table, nine points adrift from safety and with only a maximum of six available to the west London club from their final two league games of this season.

Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, as well as goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva, sealed QPR’s fate as deposed champions City stayed second and booked their place in next season’s Champions League.

QPR, whose chairman is Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, will now return to the Championship following their promotion via the play-offs last season.

They will be joined in the second tier by Burnley, whose relegation was confirmed on Saturday.

Relegation to the Championship will bring another tumultuous campaign at Loftus Road to a disappointing conclusion. Harry Redknapp brought in a number of high-profile signings, with Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer bolstering the squad.

But the former Tottenham and West Ham boss resigned from his post in February with the club second from bottom in the table with just 19 points to their name. Ramsey took over in the interim, before being given the job until the end of the season, but has only been able to inspire two wins – at Sunderland and West Brom – during his tenure.

A season of underperforming, in spite of continued significant financial outlay, leaves QPR facing the ramifications of breaking Financial Fair Play regulations in their last spell in the Championship, with Football League officials suggesting the club could even be bombed out of the Football League if they cannot pay up.

© – AFP 2015

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