Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/11
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Terry Francona isn't waiting to see whether the Chicago Cubs want him as their new manager.

Francona told Comcast SportsNet New England he won't be accepting a managerial position for the coming season, choosing instead to "take a step back."

Francona, who was let go by Boston earlier in the offseason, was linked to the Cubs' vacancy following the firing of Mike Quade and the hiring of former Red Sox employer Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.

Francona questioned how he would fit in with the Cubs, and with his other option - the St. Louis Cardinals - opting to hire Mike Matheny, Francona believes it's best to stay away from the game at least for next season.

"I've talked to Theo numerous times,'' Francona said. "We both know each other well enough where we can 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."

Francona may find himself accepting a position in the broadcast booth, where he filled in admirably for Tim McCarver during a handful of playoff games.

Francona led Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 but was dismissed after failing to guide the club to the playoffs this past season.
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