Boston Red Sox brass conducted a second interview on Wednesday with Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum, considered the front-runner to replace Terry Francona as the Boston Red Sox manager.
The team declined to update the progress of their search after eating lunch with Sveum, and would not commit to Sveum as the team's next manager during an interview with ESPN's Gordon Edes.
"We're not going to say anything until we get to a conclusion," chairman Tom Werner said when returning to the Pfister Hotel following the lunch meeting.
When pressed on the issue, Werner said "we haven't concluded anything" and "as of now, we don't have a manager."
"We had a good lunch. Really, that's all it was," Werner said.
Sveum is the only candidate so far to be called back for a second interview, though Boston general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team expected to meet again with at least one more person.
"I don't envision a scenario where there won't be at least one more candidate discussed," Cherington said Tuesday. "As in every question, most every question, I can't rule anything out, but I would expect at least one other candidate discussed."
In addition to Werner, Cherington and Sveum, the lunch included team owner John Henry and CEO Larry Luchino.
Sveum is also considered a favorite for the Chicago Cubs' managerial position.
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