Gibbons, the Kansas City Royals' bench coach, follows former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Arizona and Florida coach Bo Porter in interviewing. The Pirates fired John Russell on Oct. 4, a day after completing a 105-loss season.
Gibbons has a much different personality than Russell, who rarely showed anger or argued calls. Gibbons had a much-publicized run-in in Toronto with designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand and confronted Ted Lilly in a dugout runway after the pitcher became upset at being removed from a game.
Gibbons was 305-305 in Toronto from 2004-08, including an 87-75 record in 2006. He was replaced by Cito Gaston midway through the 2008 season.