Francona will interview in Boston

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:12 PM ET

BOSTON -- Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona will interview for the Boston Red Sox job on Wednesday, joining Glenn Hoffman and Bud Black as a candidates for the position that opened when Grady Little was let go.

The Red Sox have received permission to talk to Black, the Anaheim Angels pitching coach, but no interview has been set up.

Francona, 44, managed the Philadelphia Phillies through four losing seasons from 1997 to 2000. In his four seasons, they went 285-363 and never won more than 77 games.

He spent the 2001 season as special assistant to baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians and was bench coach for the Texas Rangers in 2002.

Francona, son of former major-league outfielder Tito Francona, was an outfielder and first baseman in the majors for 10 seasons with Montreal, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati. Cleveland and Milwaukee. He hit .274 with 16 homers in 708 games.

Little averaged 94 wins in his two seasons, but his contract was not extended because team management felt he didn't rely enough on statistical data in determining game strategy. The problem came to a head when Little left tiring ace Pedro Martinez in for the eighth inning of Game 7 of the AL championship series against the New York Yankees.

Martinez blew a 5-2 lead, the Yankees won in 11 innings and Little was released Oct. 27.

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