Names of potential candidates will continue to be tossed around as long as the Red Sox manager’s position is vacant. And it might be some time before we know who Terry Francona‘s successor will be.

Team president and CEO Larry Lucchino said Friday that there are currently no front-runners for the position, although the list of finalists is “evolving.”

“I wouldn’t read too much into who comes in first (to interview),” Lucchino said on WEEI. “We’re at eight or 10 names and we just want to get the interview process beginning.”

Lucchino said there haven’t been a lot of internal discussions when it comes to ranking those people.

Lucchino also wouldn’t offer a timetable for the team’s new manager to be named, pointing to Francona’s hiring in December of 2003 as evidence that rushing to name a new skipper isn’t necessary. The wheels are certainly in motion, though.

“There’s been plenty of due diligence that’s been going on the last several days,” he said. “Ben [Cherington] has gotten recommendations. People have thrown their hats in the ring. I have heard from baseball people I know with their recommendations.”