Francona No Longer a Candidate for Cubs Job

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet New England, Terry Francona will not manage the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and may explore broadcasting opportunities for next season. Francona said he thinks he needs a little time away “to step back and re-energize.”

Francona said he has spoken with Theo Epstein numerous times and both know each other well enough where they can be honest with one another. Francona said he does not think the Cubs’ job is the right opportunity for him at this time.

Terry Francona acknowledged he was excited about managing again after interviewing for the Cardinals’ job. But since the interview he took a step back and realized he probably needed a break.

Francona did not rule out managing or being on a big league coaching staff for next season but said he could really use time away from the game.

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