Manager Search Begins and Cubs Ask Sox for Permission to Talk with Theo

Red Sox search for new manager, try to keep GM

      BOSTON (AP) – Red Sox owner John Henry says the team has begun
searching for a new manager and interviews could begin next week.

      Henry said on Twitter on Tuesday that ownership was briefed by
general manager Theo Epstein and his assistant Ben Cherington.

      Henry says the team is “Excited to once again bring in smart,
creative, hands-on leadership.” And he says, “We have the right
people looking.”

      Francona, who won two World Series titles in Boston, was sent
packing last week after the team's unprecedented September
collapse.

      Also Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported that the Chicago Cubs
have requested permission to talk to Epstein about their vacant GM
job. The Cubs declined comment, and Red Sox officials did not
immediately respond to requests for comment.
      
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