The Cubs announced Mike Quade will not return as their manager in 2012, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. New Cubs president Theo Epstein said the following in a statement:
"The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level. I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future."
The statement seems to rule out Ryne Sandberg as a candidate for the next Cubs' manager. The Cubs are expected to talk to Dale Sveum, tweets MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Sveum interviewed for the Red Sox manager job today.