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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Davies to resign Leeds Tykes post
Leeds Tykes director of rugby Phil Davies
Davies has been linked with the Scarlets post at Stradey Park
Phil Davies has said he will quit as Leeds director of rugby at the end of the season, leading to speculation he is to take over at Llanelli Scarlets.

But Davies released a statement that denied his decision was linked to any proposed move to Stradey Park.

"I have no immediate plans to go elsewhere, rather I just feel it's time to take a break," Davies said.

"I want to make it clear this mutual decision has nothing to do with the current situation at Leeds."

Davies missed out on the Wales head coach job last week, as Scarlets boss Gareth Jenkins was appointed instead.

But former Wales and Llanelli captain Davies, 42, is seen as a prime replacement for Jenkins at Stradey Park.

Born: Seven Sisters, 19/10/63
Career: Police officer
Clubs: Llanelli (captain for six seasons), Leeds
Position: No 8, lock
Wales caps (1985-95): 46
1996-2001: Leeds player-coach, takes Tykes from Division Three to Premiership
2003: Leeds make Heineken Cup debut
2005: Leeds win Powergen Cup
2005: Leeds bottom of Premiership, gives up coaching role to be director of rugby
2006: Leeds relegated on 16 April, announces 14 days later he will quit Headingley

Jenkins has even backed Davies as an ideal successor, saying: "Phil has got to be a strong candidate for that appointment."

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington had been hopeful that Davies would continue his 10-year stay and help the relegated Tykes regain their place in the Guinness Premiership.

But Davies' future now lies elsewhere, although it would be a suprise if it was not somewhere back in Wales.

"It is after much soul searching and discussion with my family and Leeds Tykes that I have decided to resign my post," Davies added.

"The last 10 years has been an amazing journey with a fantastic group of people, helping to take the club from National League Three to Heineken Cup rugby and winning the Powergen Cup last season.

"I will have some time out with my family and reflect upon my career and future, after a decade at this wonderful club."

Davies, capped 46 times as a number eight and lock, joined Leeds from Stradey Park as player-coach in 1996.

He gave up his role as Leeds head coach last October to concentrate on his director of rugby position but - despite a brief upturn in form - the Tykes were relegated from the Guinness Premiership.

However, he did lead the Yorkshire club from Division Three to the Premiership in five years, took them into the Heineken Cup, and won the Powergen Cup last season.

The former policeman had two years remaining on his Headingley deal.

Tykes relegated from Premiership
16 Apr 06 |  English


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