(CBS) After reports Friday indicated that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was advocating for the hire of Terry Francona, it doesn’t look like the club will pursue the former Red Sox skipper.
According to tweets from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports and David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams will stick to the “short list” of candidates he referred to during an interview after Ozzie Guillen was released.
Francona met with the Red Sox on Friday and the team announced in an official press release that the manager would not return in 2012.
Francona’s contract with the Red Sox was up, but the team held options for 2012 and 2013. After the team’s historic September collapse, however, both sides appeared to be ready to go in a different direction.
The White Sox and Cubs both originally appeared to be potential destinations for Francona, but it’s possible the manager could decide to take a year off.
Francona managed in the White Sox minor league system in the early 1990s and played for the Cubs in 1986.