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Last Updated: Monday, 1 May 2006, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Davies 'logical' Scarlets coach
Leeds Tykes director of rugby Phil Davies
Davies has been linked with the Scarlets post at Stradey Park
Llanelli Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallacher has said that Phil Davies is an ideal candidate to take over as director of rugby.

The Stradey Park hot-seat will be vacant once Gareth Jenkins starts his reign with Wales, having beaten Davies to the national job last week.

On Sunday Davies announced he would resign as Leeds Tykes director of rugby at the end of the season.

"Phil Davies is a logical candidate, he's a former Scarlet," Gallacher said.

"Wales is a wonderful country for rumours isn't it, and we all enjoy them, I think, at times.

"But Phil has had a great grounding at Leeds, he's been away from Llanelli for 10 years.

"He's delivered the Powergen (Cup) to Leeds, he's qualified for the Heineken Cup twice with them, he's obviously a quality coach.

"Obviously we would be naive not to discuss things with Phil Davies when the time is appropriate - he is still under contract with Leeds."

Mike Ruddock has made it quite clear his intentions are to go out of the game
Llanelli Scarlets chief executive Stuart Gallacher

Davies has denied his decision was linked to any proposed move to Stradey Park, saying he felt it was "time to take a break".

But the 42-year-old former Wales and Llanelli captain is seen by many as a prime replacement for Jenkins at Stradey Park.

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

Gallacher, speaking on BBC Radio Wales' Backpage programme, also revealed that the Scarlets had sounded out former Wales coach Mike Ruddock about the possibility of taking over, but had been rebuffed.

Ruddock has taken a job outside rugby, joining Newport recruitment and training company Acorn as the firm's new commercial development manager.

"Mike Ruddock has made it quite clear that his intentions at the moment are to go out of the game," Gallacher added.

"So we're not taking that any further, he made his position quite clear.

"But he was just one of many I have spoken to in the past few weeks.

"I don't think at this time it's a role we will be advertising, we've identified some people we would like to talk to - and indeed have talked to some already."

The situation with replacements at Stradey Park is muddied by two factors.

The first is that Jenkins is likely to want Scarlets coach Nigel Davies, and possibly others in the Stradey back-room staff, to join him in the Wales set-up.

The second is the current turmoil in English rugby, which saw defensive coach Phil Larder and kicking guru Dave Alred sacked from the England set-up, while attack coach Joe Lydon has been offered a job with the National Academy.

The likes of Bath coach Brian Ashton and Newcastle counterpart Rob Andrew have been mooted as possible replacements to join England head coach Andy Robinson.

These or similar appointments would see head coaching jobs coming vacant at Guinness Premiership clubs, with experienced campaigners like Davies and Ruddock being in great demand.

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