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Ben Cherington: Red Sox will address Bobby Valentine situation after the season

10.03.12 at 6:25 pm ET
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NEW YORK — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington chose not to confirm or deny a CBS report that the team has already decided to fire manager Bobby Valentine following the season.

“I’m not going to talk about it,” Cherington said. “We’ve said many times Bobby’s the manager of the team through the end of the year and well talk about it at the end of the season. That’s what we’ll do.”

Valentine said on The Big Show Wednesday that he feels his coaches and others around him in the organization have not been loyal this season and that they’ve undermined him. Valentine did not elaborate or give examples, and Cherington said he didn’t know of any such occurrences.

“He expressed his feeling and that’s his feeling,” Cherington said. “If he feels that way then I’m sorry he feels that way. It’s hard for me to comment on it because I don’t know any examples that would lead to that kind of feeling, but that’s his feeling and I’m not in his office all the time, I’m not in the clubhouse all the time, so I don’t know what exactly he was referring to, but he has his right to his opinion and he expressed it. If he feels that way then I feel bad. I don’t ever want any manager feeling that way.”

Added Cherington: “We talk a lot all year about the coaching staff, and we did have to work through some issues and we talked a lot about the coaches, but that particular sentiment was not expressed to me.”

While Cherington didn’t say what will happen regarding the manager, he did say the team is already looking at how to improve for the coming season.

“We’ve talked a lot about it,” he said. “Look, we fell out of it earlier than we wanted to. When that happens you have to start looking forward and looking at potential opportunities in the offseason. We’ve done that, we’ve done a lot of work. We’ll continue that work. I spent a lot of time with ownership the last few weeks, the better part of September I guess, talking about that and looking at different opportunities and also looking critically at myself and the opportunities to see where we can improve, so we’ve done a lot of work on that. I’m confident we will improve, but it’s not going to happen overnight. We have to get after it this offseason and start working on it.”

Cherington was cautious as to how much better he feels the team will be next season, noting that expectations have been high in recent seasons and that those clubs feel short of them.

“I’m confident we’re going to be better,” Cheringon said. “I’m confident we can do better. I think people are tired of hearing how good we’re going to be before the season starts. We’ve talked about that the last several offseasons and it hasn’t worked out that way. I’m just confident we’re going to be better.”

Cherington admitted his first year on the job has been “tough” given all that has gone on with the team as far performance and injuries.

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be,” he said. “On a personal level, I’ve been here 14 years, and we’ve had some highs and some lows and this is certainly a low. I take it personally. We all take it personally, and as long as I’m here I’ll do whatever I possibly can to help restore the team to what our ownership and fans deserve. It’s been hard on all of us.”

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