Schilling: Valentine 'set up to fail'

Appearing on "SportsCenter" Thursday night, Curt Schilling said that Bobby Valentine was set up to fail and never had a chance to succeed as Red Sox manager.

Schilling said the hire was blundered from the outset. "The players didn't want him there, the GM had other ideas, and this was put on the GM by ownership," he said.

Schilling said ultimately culpability for the poor season falls on the players, but added that Valentine "made it harder on himself and his players" at every turn.

Schilling also mentioned DeMarlo Hale and John Farrell as possible hires who would command the respect of the players, but said the Red Sox have a lot of holes to fill and are far away from contending in the AL East.