There has been talk about whether the Valentine hire was ownership trumping their new GM, Ben Cherington, but none of that matters now.
Bobby Valentine is the guy now for at least the next two seasons, as he signed a two-year contract with two club options, and he will be a success.
When new players and managers come to the Boston Red Sox, one of the major questions asked is if they can handle the pressure of coaching in a big market such as Boston.
Well, Bobby Valentine can and has once before in his career and has success doing it.
From 1996-2002, Valentine was the coach of the New York Mets, a team that plays in an even bigger market than Boston with just as much scrutiny.
In his tenure, he took the Mets to the playoffs twice as well as a World Series.
If he can coach in New York, he can coach anywhere.
Despite Bobby Valentine saying that he isn't the fire-breathing monster everyone says he is during his introductory press conference, he is exactly the guy this Boston Red Sox team needs right now.
Valentine has the reputation of being a manager who will not put up with any crap in the clubhouse and is in no way a players' manager like Terry Francona.
This will certainly help the clubhouse move on from its beer drinking days as Valentine will not go to hell and back to protect his players.
He has no problem publicly criticizing his players.
In his two stints as a manager in the major leagues, one in Texas and one in New York, Bobby Valentine turned the teams around almost instantly.
Before Valentine took over in Texas they had won 62 games. In his first season at the helm, the Rangers won 87 games, a 25-game improvement in just a year.
In 1996 Valentine took over the Mets in last months of the season and the team ended with 71 wins. His first full year coaching in New York, the Mets won 88 games, a 17-game improvement.
Now the Red Sox are not as bad off as the Mets or Rangers were before Valentine took over but his track record of turning around teams instantly is something to be excited about.
In his introductory press conference, Bobby Valentine said that he told his former colleague, Karl Ravech, that he wanted the job in Boston from the moment it was available.
A New England native, it is easy to see why Valentine would be so inclined to want the job as he grew up in Red Sox Nation.
Noticeably emotional in his press conference, Valentine expressed his excitement to bring the Red Sox back to excellence after two straight seasons of missing the playoffs.
When you have a manager who seems to be as emotionally invested in the job as Valentine it can only help his success on the job.