The latest on the search for a manager

The latest on the Red Sox managerial front:

• Sandy Alomar Jr. has been eliminated.

• Gene Lamont will meet with ownership later this week. Presumably that would be Tuesday or Wednesday.

• Bobby Valentine, who interviewed today, has already met with ownership to a degree where he would probably not have to do that again.

• Ben Cherington admitted this would go on beyond Thanksgiving but is hopeful of having a manager before the Winter Meetings start Dec. 5.

• Valentine — and more to come from him later on — made it clear that he wants the job and that he welcomes input from the front office (meaning statistical analysis) because he wants it to a “growth experience” for him.

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• Cherington called Valentine a “intelligent, passionate baseball man” but said their research was continuing.

• Also, Craig Shipley has been removed from his post as vice president of player personnel and international scouting after three years.

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