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Wednesday, 21 February, 2001, 14:56 GMT
QPR suffer Bruce snub
Steve Bruce
Bruce decides the QPR boss job is not for him
Steve Bruce has pulled out of the running for the QPR job.

The former Huddersfield Town boss was linked with the post following Gerry Francis' decision to stand down.

Rangers had been expected to unveil a new manager before the weekend but it now seems likely that Francis will still be in charge for the game against Wimbledon.

A statement released on behalf of Bruce said: "Further to discussions with the board of QPR, Steve Bruce has decided against having any further active discussion regarding the managerial position at the club.

I want to retire and I'm not going to change my mind
  Gerry Francis

"The situation that Steve perceived as a long-term commitment seems to be clouded with uncertainty and Steve now understands that the club may be seeking a replacement only for the short term.

"On that basis Steve has decided to pull out but wishes to thank the board for their initial interest."

QPR have won twice - recording their first away win of the season against Gillingham on Tuesday - and have climbed out of the relegation zone since Francis announced his retirement from the game.

But the former England captain has made it clear that he has no intention of changing his mind despite the recent turnaround in the club's fortunes.

"I'm delighted with the six points we've gained in the last two games and obviously we are in a much better position now but my decision to go was never based on positions in the league," he said.

"I'm under no pressure from the board apart from the pressure to sign a new contract for next season but I've told them I don't want to do that. I want to retire and I'm not going to change my mind."

Former QPR midfielder Ian Holloway, recently sacked by Bristol Rovers, is thought to top the much-shortened candidate list.

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