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For most organizations, filling a vacancy is usually a fairly straightforward process. There are a couple of rounds of interviews and you pick someone. It might even be less complicated than that.
Not so if you're the Boston Red Sox.
When Terry Francona was let go, rumors started swirling about his replacement. It quickly became clear that Dale Sveum was the preferred choice of both outgoing GM Theo Epstein and incoming GM Ben Cherington.
Sveum was interviewed a couple of times and it appeared certain he would get the job. That fell apart, though, and he signed with the Chicago Cubs, with whom Epstein is now president of baseball operations.
The Sox ownership group then claimed they wanted a man with more managerial experience. That was at odds with their consideration of Sveum, who had never managed a team before.
It was not long before Bobby Valentine became the frontrunner and by the end it was a foregone conclusion. The discussions, meetings and interviews at the end seemed more to be posturing than legitimate considerations.
So the Sox were left with a manager who was not on their initial top six and who appeared to be forced on an unwilling GM who wanted someone else.