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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 12:53 GMT
Bassett snubs QPR job
Dave Bassett
Bassett does not want to succeed Gerry Francis
Dave Bassett, favourite to take over as QPR manager, has ruled himself out of the running.

It is believed Bassett was scared off by speculation concerning the club's finances.

The former Wimbledon, Sheffield United and Barnsley manager was widely tipped as being favourite to land the post vacated by Gerry Francis.

Marsh claims denied

Bassett's withdrawal leaves Iain Dowie, Steve Bruce, Roy McFarland and Ray Graydon, who are all also believed to be on Rangers' short-list, still in the running.

But Rangers have dismissed claims by former star Rodney Marsh that the club are 20m in debt.

Speaking to BBC Ceefax, a Loftus Road spokesman said: "The accounts are there and anybody can look at them.

"As a television pundit, Rodney Marsh is paid to say controversial things. We are not 20m in debt as the accounts show."

Meanwhile, Brentford owner Ron Noades is reported to be ready to sell the club, re-invest his money and take the reins at QPR.

The former Crystal Palace supremo is believed to by eyeing a return to the limelight, and could soon make QPR chief Chris Wright an offer for the Loftus Road club, according to the Daily Star.

Wright is willing to sell, after becoming a target for fans' abuse as the team battles against the threat of relegation.

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