The Red Sox decided instead to go with former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell. (Thanks to KK chaver Ari for the link.)
In his two seasons with the Jays, Farrell compiled a record of 154-170, finishing fourth in the AL East both times.
I never understood the philosophy of rehiring the same old ineffectual leaders. It makes me think of TV actors who get show after show. If they were that good, they’d keep the same program for years (James Arness in Gunsmoke; Homer Simpson, etc.).