Red Sox owner praises Francona

Updated: November 19, 2003, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Former Phillies manager Terry Francona was back in Boston for another round of interviews on Wednesday, a day after he met with Red Sox owner John Henry about the vacant managerial job.

"I was impressed with his knowledge of the game and his forthrightness," Henry said. "He is a serious candidate, but no decisions have been made."

Francona, 44, was Oakland's bench coach last season. He managed the Phillies through four losing seasons from 1997 to 2000. In his four years, they went 285-363 and never won more than 77 games.

Los Angeles Dodgers coach Glenn Hoffman and Anaheim Angels bench coach Joe Maddon have also been interviewed for the chance to succeed Grady Little, who was let go at the end of the season.

"They're following up with all of the candidates," Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said.

The Red Sox initially said they hoped to complete the search by the end of November, but later said they would try to finish before baseball's winter meetings begin Dec. 12 in New Orleans.

"No other interviews have been set up yet, but we're in the process of contacting additional candidates," Shea said.


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