By Dave van Dyck, Tribune reporter
12:05 PM CST, November 16, 2011
MILWAUKEE -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona will not be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, saying “I’m not going to try to manage next year” in an interview with Comcast New England.
Francona was a finalist for the job in St. Louis and was interviewed by telephone by Cubs president and former Red Sox boss Theo Epstein.
"When I interviewed in St. Louis, I was genuinely excited about it,'' Francona told Comcast. "St. Louis was such an exciting opportunity. But we were all beaten up at the end of (last) year, and after (interviewing) I took a step back and began to look at things realistically.
"I've talked to Theo numerous times. We both know each other well enough where we can be honest with each other. I don't think it's the right opportunity.
"I need to take a step back and re-energize. That's probably in my best interest right now. In fairness to myself, it's the best thing to do.''
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