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Terry Francona to leave Red Sox?

Updated: September 30, 2011, 12:03 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Terry Francona told Boston Red Sox staff members Thursday that he will not be returning as manager, a club source said Friday.

Francona's fate could be decided in a meeting of the team's upper management of owner John Henry, CEO Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner. Francona did meet with Red Sox brass at Fenway Park on Friday but left before noon ET without commenting.

Despite general manager Theo Epstein's declaration during a news conference Thursday at Fenway that "we ...

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