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Joey Barton insists QPR's underachieving players and former boss Mark Hughes deserve the blame for the club's relegation from the Premier League on Sunday.
Barton left QPR to join French giants Marseille on a season-long loan earlier in the campaign, but the former Manchester City midfielder was quick to blame his team-mates and the man who banished him from Loftus Road for his parent club's predicament.
Writing on Twitter just minutes after the west London club's relegation was confirmed following a 0-0 draw at Reading, Barton made it clear he believes Hughes's decision to sign a string of highly-paid players before the start of the season was the key to QPR's failure.
Hughes, who was replaced by Harry Redknapp in November, also off-loaded Barton to Marseille after stripping the midfielder of the club captaincy.
"I can't believe QPR have just been relegated and (Jose) Bosingwa was walking down the tunnel laughing," Barton wrote on Twitter.
"Embarrassing. Show some guts man. Gutted for the club. Too many w*****s amongst the playing staff. All brought in by Hughes.
"Some good lads but not enough. Too many maggots.
"Hope they can get a load out, if not they'll end up in a Wolves situation because trust me that Championship is a f****** hard league!
"League table doesn't lie. Both sides haven't won enough games to deserve to stay up. Reading in a better position than QPR though."
Barton is contracted to QPR until 2015 but it remains to be seen if Redknapp will want to bring him back to Loftus Road to aid the club's attempt to win promotion next season.