John Farrell

John Farrell on D&H: ‘Our players are pretty clear that I do have their back’

May 24, 2017 - 4:55 pm
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John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show for his weekly appearance on Wednesday afternoon and addressed concerns surrounding his job security. For the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Farrell responded to Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal's piece on Tuesday that indicated a managerial change could be imminent if the 23-21 Sox didn't turn things around. Rosenthal also noted that dating back to 2013, some players have privately expressed concerns about Farrell's inability to strongly defend his players when they come under media scrutiny.

"I think our team, our players are pretty clear that I do have their back, and I think there are plenty of examples to indicate as such," Farrell said.

When asked whether reports such as Rosenthal's change the way he manages game to game, Farrell answered emphatically.

"I'll be honest with you, there's been a lot more reports than just today or yesterday," Farrell said. "It doesn't change my focus and that is to put forth the effort to win and focus on the behalf of this team. So that has never changed my approach towards a game tonight or a game yesterday or what's upcoming tomorrow."

Dave Dombrowski downplayed the cloud of uncertainty surrounding Farrell's job when he appeared on the NESN pregame show on Tuesday night.

Following a four-game set in Oakland, during which the Sox dropped three of four games, Dombrowski and Farrell sat down with upper management to discuss what Farrell referred to as a team "on the mend." While this was an opportunity to assess the state of the team at the quarter-mark, Farrell noted that he has a constant dialogue with Dombrowski.

"My conversation with Dave is basically a never-ending one," Farrell said. "Regardless of the day, the time of the day, the situation that is at hand, the roster decisions that need to be made, that's an ongoing conversation. That's the relationship between a general manager and a manager. That's the one I've always known, whether it was Ben [Cherington] or Alex Anthopoulos or whoever it might have been, that's an ongoing conversation so it's not a matter of – I don't walk up to his office and knock on the door and say, 'Give me an assessment, say how I'm doing.' Our record is that, the way our team plays, the effort that they give, the preparation that we go through, and while we're not a perfect team, we have areas to improve upon as I mentioned, but there's a lot of good things in place and this is a roster that has a lot of talented players on it."

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