Scarlets coy over head coach Nigel Davies' future

Nigel Davies

Scarlets chief executive Mark Davies has refused to comment on speculation linking head coach Nigel Davies with Gloucester.

Former Wales and Llanelli centre Davies has been linked with succeeding Bryan Redpath at the Aviva Premiership club.

Davies succeeded Phil Davies as Scarlets head coach in May 2008.

"There is clearly a lot of speculation. I suppose it makes a change from speculation about players and finances," said chief executive Davies.

"Our values as a business are very clear. One of those values is very much respect and respect involves respecting the individual.

"We're pretty consistent. We don't comment on players, we don't comment on other people's business and we don't comment on coaches.

"The business perspective would be we are where we are and until anything changes that's where we are."

Gloucester are seeking a new head coach following the resignation of former Scotland scrum-half Redpath in April.

Davies, who won 29 Welsh caps at centre between 1988 and 1997, is believed to be on Gloucester's four-man shortlist.

"In any business, in any context, if you've got a team of people in the business then you seek to retain all of your talent," added Mark Davies.

"Any business also has to be configured that wherever in the business there is change the business carries on.

"At the moment we are very happy with the coaching team that we've got for next year."

Wales wing George North says the Scarlets would have a big void to fill if Davies left the region.

North, 20, was handed his regional debut by Davies in 2010 and has since established himself in the Wales side.

"If he moves on it would be a big loss for the club and it would be a big place to fill as well," said North.

"I think from the players' point of view we don't know what's going on really. Obviously there's a few big decisions for various people.

"For me he's been there since day one supporting me and giving a lot of support around the team.

"With the quality we have in the Scarlets at the moment it's a good place to be whether you're coaching or playing.

"All the players [will] come back after the break and look back on this season being a mixed bag and try and push on from there."

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