Lucchino says Sox need ‘right person’

MILWAUKEE — Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said a few minutes ago that the team “never closed their list of candidates” and were always open to looking beyond the five initial candidates who interviewed.

Lucchino said major league managerial experience is not a prerequisite for any new candidates.

“We just want to make sure we get the right person,” he said. “We have to consider all the possibilities. This is not a process where everybody is walking in lock-step.”

Lucchino also isn’t worried about the timing.

“As I recall, we didn’t hire [Terry] Francona until December and I believe we won that year,” he said.

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Ben Cherington, he said, has the full confidence of the ownership.

“Ben is a new GM but he’s not new to us,” Lucchino said. “We have complete faith that we’re going to find the right person who can help us win next year.”

In other news. Cubs president Theo Epstein said talks with the Red Sox regarding compensation for his services have been tabled until after the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.