The Red Sox would like fewer surprises and more stability from their next manager.
‘‘I don’t think there’s a certain resume or background’’ necessary, Cherington said. ‘‘These jobs bring all sorts of challenges. There’s a person who’s right for the Red Sox job in 2013 who isn’t right for another team’s job or who might not have been right for our job last year or the year before.’’
Farrell may be the right person this time, if the Blue Jays let him go to a team with a larger and more demanding group of fans and media contingent.
‘‘Having worked in Boston,’’ he said a month ago, ‘‘there’s a tremendous fan base that is very passionate. The expectations are always very high, but, as a competitor, that’s what you aspire to do.’’