AOL Fanhouse is reporting that former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has declined an interview with Cubs GM Jim Hendry for the manager position. Gonzalez is believed to be the frontrunner to replace Bobby Cox in Atlanta. Gonzalez was reportedly Hendry's top choice for the job, with the possible exception of Joe Girardi.
Speaking of Girardi, According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs will not make a decision on their next manager as long as Girardi is perceived to be available. In other words, Girardi appears to be Jim Hendry's first choice, especially now with Gonzalez out of the picture.
As for the other candidates, Mike Quade continues to make his case for the job. With the recent 3 game sweep of the Cardinals, Quade now has a 14-7 record since replacing Lou Piniella and, most importantly, has impressed Hendry.
According to Paul Sullivan, others who will receive interviews include Washington coach Pat Listach and former Arizona manager Bob Melvin. Former Indians manager Eric Wedge has already interviewed and fan favorite Ryne Sandberg is also expected to be interviewed.
Somewhat of a surprise is that Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has not been listed as a candidate. Brenly expressed his interest in the job way back in July, however his name has been noticably absent from the managerial discussions.
Finally, not that any true Cubs fan would have wanted him, but you can take Tony LaRusa's name off the list, as yesterday, LaRusa declined interest in the Cubs job.