Mike Quade expects to return in '12

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said Wednesday that he plans to be back next year, despite a disappointing season and the fact the Cubs are in the process of searching for a new general manager.

"I haven't thought about it," Quade said before the Cubs hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in their last home game of the season. "I don't think about it. I don't believe [speculation that he may not return].

"We're going to play a game today, and I feel I'm going to be back. That's the way I look at things. There's no other way to look at it."

The new general manager will directly impact whether Quade returns to honor the one year remaining on his contract.

"[The new hire] might have great consideration," Quade said. "Nothing I can do about that. There's no other way to look at it. I plan to be back, and I plan to do a good job next year."

Quade signed a two-year, $2 million contract in November, 2010. But his 2011 team was never in contention, initially due to losing two starting pitchers in the first week of the season. The Cubs entered Wednesday 68-87.

"If they make a decision to go in a different direction, so be it," Quade said. "The question to me was: What do I think? And that's what I think."

Quade guided the Cubs to a 24-13 record as interim manger after Lou Piniella retired in 2010, and that helped him garner player and front-office support to become full-time manager this season.

"There's no reason to have any of these conversations until someone is in place," Quade said. "Someone may come in and say, 'You're all solid,' or say 'You're all gone.' The contract has nothing to do with it.

"I like doing this. I think I'm good at doing this, whether it's a one-year or five-year deal."

Quade is looking forward to a conversation with the new head of baseball operations when he's hired.

"You want to sit down and talk to somebody when they come in, no matter what they're thinking," Quade said. "There's no reason to concern myself with anything other than finishing the best we can."

Quade is unsure about the status of his coaching staff as well. He was asked if he could have done anything different for a better result in 2011.

"We always could have won more games," Quade said. "I always reflect on decisions I made during games. But I'm proud of all the guys for keeping it together during a tough season."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.