Fact is, if a guy is looking for a job, he:
-Has failed at his last stop, or,
-is looking for his first opportunity
If a manager IS successful...he keeps his job.
Most 'great' managers were often a 'failure' just one job previous.
People ever mentioning Joe Maddon was a joke...TB may not pay players, but even THEY will pay a good manager who is winning.
Dumping on Farrel because he hasn't 'succeeded' in Toronto is foolish. Also, thinking he is the saviour simply because he knows this team, and there was some apparent "success" with pitching while he was here is also silly. He won't be the pitching coach, he will be the manager of the whole TEAM.
I have no idea who strong candidates are because I'm not privy to the conversations and interviews the Sox will have. I would hope the next hire:
-Has a definite plan in mind, and is allowed to pursue it in the manner THEY see fit. That's all. We, as fans, all have ideas, but only one person will have a voice. Rather, only one SHOULD.
-Will be allowed to bring in his own coaching staff, as HE sees fit. If the Sox are so in love with some of the guys already here, give one of them the job. If not, let the new guy build his staff.
I also hope Cherrington is allowed to ACTUALLY make the decision this time, not be allowed to go through the process, narrow it to 3, decide on 1, and then have hiw authority yanked out from under him. He's either the GM or he isn't. GMs hire coaches, or they shouldn't hold the title.
I wish they had given Eric Wedge a look last year, I've always liked him. To that end...Tony Pena is still sitting on the Yankees bench, and I think would make a good manager AGAIN, as he was already a good one in KC in a hopeless situation.
They waited until the end of November to bring in Valentine. They need to make that decision sooner and start fleshing out the roster. The manager should be hired BEFORE making roster decisions. Is it so hard for a GM and manager to work together? It didn't used to be.