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Bobby Valentine says Red Sox coaches undermined him, talks John Farrell in final Big Show appearance

10.03.12 at 4:05 pm ET
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Making his last appearance of the season on The Big Show, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday that he was undermined by his coaching staff throughout the season.

Asked by Glenn Ordway if he felt the Red Sox’ coaching staff and those around him have been loyal to him during the course of the season, Valentine responded, “No.”

Asked why, Valentine said, “You asked me what I feel. That’s what I feel.”

Ordway then followed up by asking if he felt he was undermined by them, to which Valentine responded “Yes.” Asked why, Valentine again said, “[It's] just what I feel.”

Valentine didn’t blame the organization for the picking of his coaches, saying, “I had a say. I interviewed everyone.” Asked what went wrong along the way, Valentine said, “Just bad decisions” and that it was his job to try to “work through it” and “make it all functional.”

Asked if he would want different coaches if he were to return next year, Valentine responded, “Some, yeah.”

Valentine, who has one more year remaining on his contract, said he does not know whether the Sox will bring him back for next season.

“I really don’t,” Valentine said. “It all depends what they’re looking for. People have to make decisions, and God bless them. It’s not going to be an easy job no matter who’s at the helm.”

Blue Jays manager John Farrell has long been rumored to replace Valentine, though the former Boston pitching coach is still under contract with Toronto. Rumored friction between Farrell and Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has led to speculation that the manager could be attainable.

“John Farrell. Wow, I thought he already had a job,” Valentine said when Farrell was brought up. “Maybe there will be a trade, is that what you mean?”

Asked by Michael Holley what he feels he has done well in his season with the Red Sox, Valentine sarcastically responded “Zero, nothing obviously. Brutal. I’ve done nothing good.” Asked again, Valentine admitted the season has been a struggle but said, “I protected my players as well as anyone could have imagined.”

Valentine was asked how he’s gotten along with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.

“It’s been a work in progress all year,” Valentine said of his relationship with the first-year general manager. “I think Ben’s had as tough a year dealing with all of this roster situation as any general manager ever has.”

Added Valentine: “I’ve never raised my voice to him. .. We haven’t had any arguments. He’s my boss and he’s pointed some things out to me along the way that I think he might have disagreed with and I respected his opinion. I don’t know how you judge these things. I think it’s been very functional.”

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