Cherington back to drawing board?

November, 17, 2011
While the Red Sox's managerial search took an unexpected twist late Wednesday night with the Cubs offering their job to Dale Sveum, Ben Cherington said he did not intend to ask permission to speak with any current managers.

Why not take a run, however unlikely to be fruitful, at Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, who was named AL manager of the year earlier Wednesday?

"We'd only ask for formal permission if we felt reasonably confident that it would be granted," Cherington said. "There's a little bit of protocol. Lateral hire, within division; if the Rays asked me that, I know what my answer would be.''

Cherington said he expected the Red Sox to talk to one, and perhaps two, more candidates, possibly including a candidate who did not make their first round of interviews.

During the search process, Cherington said, the Red Sox have been forced to ask themselves, "What is it that we really need right now? Through that process, it has forced all of us to consider whether we're looking at this in a broad enough way to really make the right decision. Again, our manager may very well come from the group of candidates we brought in, but at this point, we do not have to limit ourselves.''

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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