John Henry

John Henry: 'There's no doubt that Larry [Lucchino] is in charge'

John Tomase
February 24, 2015 - 7:37 am

Red Sox owner John Henry came out strong in defense of CEO Larry Lucchino on Tuesday, disputing reports that Lucchino is losing a power struggle to part-owner Mike Gordon. "There's no doubt that Larry is in charge and continues to be in charge," Henry said. "You can ask anybody on the Red Sox, and I'd be surprised if anyone would doubt that." There were rumblings of Lucchino's role being reduced over the winter, and the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy addressed them in a recent column. Henry said there's nothing to the idea, especially since, as president of Fenway Sports Group, Gordon spends most of his time dealing with the Liverpool soccer club. "I read those ridiculous stories --€“ or that ridiculous story that Dan wrote --€“ ridiculous in this sense, that there's some sort of power struggle between Mike and Larry," Henry said. "Nothing could be further from the truth. There's never been, that I know of, a word spoken in that regard, within ownership, or by Larry. Mike is much, much, much more involved with Liverpool. He gets involved with the Red Sox with regard to the financial decisions, because he has a tremendous financial mind, but there's no power struggle." Henry memorably said in a radio interview that, "Larry Lucchino runs the Red Sox." He was asked if that sentiment remains true. "If you were to ask anybody in the organization, including over the offseason, that has been and remains the case," Henry said. "He's a pedal to the metal guy. You can call him a micro-manager. He's involved in every decision. Jack Welch once said to me that micro-managing is highly underrated as a management tool." Lucchino is expected to arrive in Fort Myers on Tuesday night and address the media on Wednesday.