Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant today ruled himself out of contention for the recently advertised Welsh Rugby Union Group chief executive role...
In response to media speculation that Sergeant could apply for the job, the specialist stadium boss has declared his current interests lie in maintaining the burgeoning reputation of Wales' national stadium on the World stage.
"I'm sure the head-hunting firm Odgers Ray & Bernstein will find the correct applicant for the position and I look forward to working with the successful candidate in the future, to continue taking the business from strength to strength," said Sergeant.
"The Stadium industry is a very specialist business and I'm currently looking forward to seeing the results of a lot of hard work from the vibrant team we now have.
"We have a tough year ahead and my time needs to be focussed on our increasing success. This is a time for stability after three years of upheaval and I'll be concentrating on maintaining our burgeoning reputation.
"If I was the correct person for the position I would've been approached by now, I haven't and I will not be applying. I have my work cut out at the Millennium Stadium in what looks to be a very busy 2006/2007 period.
"Odgers are a well respected global head-hunting firm and they will find the right candidate for this challenging role and we will, soon, all be looking forward to working together."
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.