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."
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