- Posted: 12:48 PM, November 29, 2011
Valentine, an analyst for ESPN, appeared at a charity event in Japan on Monday and was scheduled to return home late Wednesday.
ESPN had reported earlier Tuesday, citing a source, that the only other remaining candidate for the post, Gene Lamont, was out of the running -- but the Red Sox denied that report, according to the Boston Globe.
Lamont said early Tuesday night that he was yet to hear from the Red Sox, ESPN reported.
FOX Sports reported earlier on the weekend that the Red Sox had narrowed their search to Valentine and Lamont.
The organization spent nearly two months looking for the successor to Terry Francona, who won two World Series titles in eight years.
Valentine has managed in the major leagues for 15 seasons, most recently with the Mets in 2002.
Lamont, the third-base coach with the Detroit Tigers, managed the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates for four seasons each.
Valentine told ESPN.com via text message that as of Tuesday morning he had not received an offer to manage the team.
Valentine, who managed the Mets to the 2000 World Series, said last week he was honored to be considered.
"This is a great organization, with a great team, a great city and great ballpark," Valentine said, according to ESPN.com. "That is very attractive. I don't think anywhere else that there's been a job opening that my name has been mentioned there has been as many fabulous factors. I'm honored to be part of the group."
Valentine, who also managed the Rangers and in Japan, worked last season as an ESPN analyst. It was reported he is the choice of Red Sox ownership but not the prime candidate for new GM Ben Cherington.
Lamont had been manager of the White Sox and Pirates.