Report: White Sox Have No Interest In Francona

(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, 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.

  • Dan Rakow

    As a White Sox Fan I’m pulling for Rays Bench Coach Dave Martinez to suceed Ozzie Guillen who is going to Miami.

  • Fletchguy

    As a now former White Sox fan since 1975 I am not pulling for Tampa Bay as my new team unless Kenny Williams is fired. To not give Ozzie a bump and extention yet allow Kenny Williams who has fumbled and bunbled his way into putting this team in to a huge debt with bad players all his own choosing I can no longer support the Sox through the stupidity. Contracts for Rios which no one wanted and dumped by the jays who knew him best, Dunn which made no sense at all to give him that much money put him in a new league and new sitting DH position. Fighting with Ozzie,Letting frank go early, then letting Thome go for a rotating DH, Trading for an injured Jake Peavey who has pitched what 10 games in 3 years,now possibly letting Buerhle go..I have had enough of the Ken Williams circus

  • Dan Rakow

    Francona deserve a year off however he will be managing in Big League Baseball again in the future.

  • Peace-N-Love

    Reinsdorf you Cheap@ss, open up the pocket book and get a bonafide manager. You can not expect to get a diamond in the rough like Ozzie all the time.

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