According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday at the GM meetings that the organization had completed its first-round interviews, and that three to four candidates would be called back for second interviews, which should include speaking with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.
Rubin has strong expectation that Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale are three candidates to be called back -- and that's the order of likelihood they will be hired by the Mets as manager.
Alderson did not announce the finalists, but said he hoped to make them public
after the candidates getting callbacks were informed later Tuesday. He hoped to have those second-round interviews completed by the time front-office officials leave the GM meetings on Thursday, although Alderson did not rule out staying in Florida until Friday to complete that process.
“The first round is officially closed,” Alderson said. “We hope to bring back several candidates over the balance of this week. If everything goes as we hope, we could have the second round completed by the end of the week. There won’t need to be a Round 3. … I would say right now that it’s very possible we’d have a manager announced by Thanksgiving.”
Organization sources label Collins the frontrunner to be named Jerry Manuel’s successor as manager, with Melvin viewed as the most likely alternative.
Still, Alderson did not acknowledge a frontrunner existed.
“Certainly it’s not a foregone conclusion, or we wouldn’t be wasting our time with the number of candidates,” Alderson said. “It’s open.”
Get excited Mets Fans, you could have Collins, Melvin, or Hale by Turkey day.
I Hope Wally Backman gets a shot to knock them off their feet, LOL
Here is a video of Terry Collins getting hired in Japan in 2006
Collins really charmed their pants off... In America, it's W. I. N.