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Terry Francona would like to manage

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona plans to manage next season, if offered the opportunity.

"I really don't know. I certainly would love to stay in the game," he said on WEEI sports radio in Boston on Wednesday. "I have no ambition to ever leave the game. I love it so much and it's been so good to me. I don't want to try to manage in a wrong situation, because that wouldn't be good for me. To manage again you have to have someone who thinks you're worthy of that. That may not happen or it may happen down the road. Who knows?"

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney first reported Monday that Francona would like to keep managing.

The Red Sox announced last Friday that they would not pick up the option on Francona's contract.

Other than Boston, the Chicago White Sox have the only managerial opening. Ozzie Guillen left Chicago in the final days of the regular season and later took the Florida Marlins job.

Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin will be one of the candidates interviewed for the vacant managerial position, a source close to the Red Sox told Olney. Mackanin has served as an interim manager for both the Reds and Pirates but has never served full-time in the role.

Mackanin told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that he would love to manage and would definitely have interest in the vacant Red Sox job.

But first, there's the task at hand.

"It's nice to see my name come up,'' said Mackanin. "At the same time, right now all my thoughts are on (the Phillies) and what we have to do, and we don't need any distractions. We need all the focus we can get these next couple of days. I'll worry about the rest of it afterward.

"Hopefully, we'll win the World Series, and we won't be done 'til November, and by then maybe they'll already have hired somebody. If that's how this turns out, that's fine with me."

The Red Sox also must address what they plan to do in the event another club comes calling for general manager Theo Epstein, especially since, as one major league source close to Epstein told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, it's "50-50" the GM would leave for the right situation.

"I wouldn't be shocked either way,'' the source said. "I know he's not dying in the Red Sox job, and if he went to the Cubs and they won, he'd be a Hall of Fame general manager."