Red Sox search for new manager, try to keep GM

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BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox owner John Henry says the team has begun searching for a new manager and interviews could begin next week.

Henry said on Twitter on Tuesday that ownership was briefed by general manager Theo Epstein and his assistant Ben Cherington.

Henry says the team is "Excited to once again bring in smart, creative, hands-on leadership." And he says, "We have the right people looking."

Francona, who won two World Series titles in Boston, was sent packing last week after the team's unprecedented September collapse.

Also Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported that the Chicago Cubs have requested permission to talk to Epstein about their vacant GM job. The Cubs declined comment, and Red Sox officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.