08:27 AM ET 10.08 | Ben Cherington is back at the drawing board, tending to the second managerial search of his young GM career. Last year, team president Larry Lucchino pushed for Bobby Valentine, even though Cherington preferred both Dale Sveum and Gene Lamont. ... The extent to which Cherington will be allowed to hire the next manager remains to be seen. But he and Lucchino appear open to less experienced candidates, perhaps after seeing the success that novice managers Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny had with the White Sox and Cardinals, respectively. That may bode well for potential out-of-the-box candidates like Brad Ausmus and Bill Mueller, neither of whom have previous managerial experience.