Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington offered a timetable regarding when the Sox hope to have a manager by, suggesting the preference would be to make a decision prior to Thanksgiving.
"I hope it doesn't get to December," he said. "We'll see. We're going to use this week and probably part of next week to have an initial round of interviews, and there'll probably be follow-ups. Our hope is that we have a manager in place before Thanksgiving, but Tito [Francona] was after Thanksgiving. We'll see. I don't want to put a date on it."
Cherington explained the organization's stance following the team's first interview for its vacant managerial position, conducted with Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.
The general manager said that the Red Sox would interview Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum Wednesday, with the possibility of more interviews to be scheduled later in the week. Cherington estimated he would be talking to around five or six candidates in the first round of interviews, although it may be more.
Cherington explained what he was looking to accomplish in the initial round of interviews.
"In a first round of interviews, we’re really just trying to get to know the candidates, let them get to know us," he said. "I would expect that there would be a conversation, at least, with a smaller group of finalists. This is really just an opportunity to get to know them enough -- you start to envision whether this could be a fit or not, whether this could be a relationship that works or not. The in-game strategy is important, but, as you guys know, it’s just one part of the job. Managing the clubhouse is a huge part of the job. Working with the front office and ownership is a part of the job. We’re trying to get to know the people well enough to get a feel for how they would manage all parts of the job."
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