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Francona Unsure What His 2012 Plans Are

Terry Francona signs autograph before a game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park August 26, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Terry Francona signs autograph before a game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park August 26, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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(CBS) It’s clear White Sox fans would like to see Terry Francona as the skipper on the South Side next season, but whether or not he even wants to manage in 2012 remains to be seen.

“I don’t know, guys” Francona told Boston radio station WEEI on Wednesday. “I really don’t know. I think I’d certainly love to stay in the game. I have no ambitions to ever leave the game. I love it so much and it’s been so good to me.

“I don’t want to try to manage in a wrong situation. That wouldn’t be good for me. Again, to manage again, you have to have so many things to be worthy of that. That may not happen. It may happen down the road. Who knows?”

Francona was released from the Red Sox last Friday after his team suffered one of the worst collapses in Major League Baseball history. Now the veteran manager is waiting for the right opportunity to come along, but he’s not going to look for it.

“I think I love this game so much that it doesn’t take a lot to get energized, but I also know I just don’t want to go look for a job, not that I’m above that,” Francona said. “I don’t mean it like that. But I would want it to be a job that I can grab. You got to be all in.

“You do.”Whether it’s a young team you think can get better or a team that has a chance to win, there are a lot of ways to get rejunvenated. So I’ll sit back and see how I feel, talk to friends and get their input and see what’s going on.”