NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington chose not to confirm or deny a CBS report that the team has already decided to fire manager Bobby Valentine following the season.
"I'm not going to talk about it," Cherington said. "We've said many times Bobby's the manager of the team through the end of the year and well talk about it at the end of the season. That's what we'll do."
Valentine said on The Big Show Wednesday that he feels his coaches and others around him in the organization have not been loyal this season and that they've undermined him. Valentine did not elaborate or give examples, and Cherington said he didn't know of any such occurrences.
"He expressed his feeling and that's his feeling," Cherington said. "If he feels that way then I'm sorry he feels that way. It's hard for me to comment on it because I don't know any examples that would lead to that kind of feeling, but that's his feeling and I'm not in his office all the time, I'm not in the clubhouse all the time, so I don't know what exactly he was referring to, but he has his right to his opinion and he expressed it. If he feels that way then I feel bad. I don't ever want any manager feeling that way."
Added Cherington: "We talk a lot all year about the coaching staff, and we did have to work through some issues and we talked a lot about the coaches, but that particular sentiment was not expressed to me."
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