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Red Sox to interview Bobby Valentine Monday

If you like your managers loud and brash today is the day to keep your fingers crossed Red Sox fans.

If you like your managers loud and brash today is the day to keep your fingers crossed Red Sox fans.

ESPN reported that sources close to Bobby Valentine said the former Mets and Rangers manager will interview in Boston today.

Valentine, 61, who works for ESPN, is apparently the front-runner for a job that looked likely to be headed toward Dale Sveum. Sveum, the Brewers’ hitting coach last season, had two interviews with the Sox, but was not offered the job.

Sveum chose to become the new manager of the Cubs — and former Sox general manager Theo Epstein.

Valentine has always been a fan favorite in New York where he managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002. He took them to the World Series in 2000, where they lost to the Yankees.

Valentine managed the Chibe Lotte Marines in Japan, who had a working relationship with Boston.

Boston general manager Ben Cherington was in the Dominican Republic this weekend scouting Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes.