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BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox won’t confirm or deny that the Chicago Cubs have requested permission to speak to Theo Epstein about their opening for a general manager.
Early Friday morning, team president Larry Lucchino refused to say if Epstein was talking to the Cubs – or even if they allowed it.
“We get requests every year to talk to various people. We’ve always considered that to be an area of personal privacy; whether a person chooses to or does not choose to,” Lucchino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens.
“A few years ago, someone asked permission to talk to Theo Epstein. You guys never heard about it because we never talked about it,” said Lucchino. “We think that’s the way to handle these kind of private employment matters.”
Lucchino On Theo Epstein
Epstein has one-year left on his contract and is said to be the Cubs number one target to take over their baseball operations.
“Theo has been a critical part of the success we’ve had here over the years. He’s right now, I’m sure at work actively engaged in trying to find a manager for us and re-assess the personal needs and all of that.”
“I hope that he will continue to do that job for us.”
While Lucchino would not give any names in regards to potential coaching candidates for the Red Sox, he did say they know the kind of manager they are looking for.
“The managerial position is critical, in this town particular with the media obligations that go on top of everything else; with the expectations of winning that apply, and certainly that we feel,” he said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens Reports
“We feel it’s an important decision and it will take some time to roll out. We are looking for someone who’s had some experience, who can deal with this particular market. But Theo and Ben Cherrington have put together a long list, and they’ll begin to wind it down to the most desirable candidates and we’ll go from there.”
But do not expect any decisions to come down any time soon.
“I wouldn’t expect any decision immediately on that front,” said Lucchino. “We’re only in the first or second inning of the process.”