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Red Sox facing the cold reality of life without manager Terry Francona

Theo Epstein issues a statement saying there are no immediate plans for an announcement.

Multiple reports, including Sean McAdam of CSNNE and Sports Illustrated, say Red Sox manager Terry Francona will not be back on the Boston bench following the team’s September collapse.

The team held a two-year option for Francona, which it reportedly declined. In other words, Francona was not fired, technically — he’s just not coming back.

ESPN Boston reports that Francona told staff members Thursday night that he would not be back with the team.

Francona met with owner John Henry and other team officials at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the decision was due at least in part to Francona’s own wish to leave. Sun-Times reporter Daryl Van Schouwen quoted a source as saying Francona “has had his fill of the whole thing” in Boston.

The Republican’s Nick Underhill wrote earlier on Friday:

If Francona is finished in Boston it comes less than 24 hours after [Theo] Epstein went out of his way during Thursday’s press conference to deflect the blame for team’s historic September collapse away from Francona, indicating everyone in the organization was to blame for the team’s demise, not solely the manager.

In eight seasons as the Red Sox manager, Francona compiled a 744-552 record (a .574 winning percentage) and two World Series Championships.

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