I don’t want to excuse Bobby Valentine not working out in Boston, because he clearly has a role here. He never got his players behind him and become the leader of this team, which is the job of the manager. But the Red Sox didn’t give him much of an opportunity to succeed, there wasn’t a plan for him to succeed here. He inherited someone else’s team, as well as someone else’s coaching staff and was asked to make someone else’s team work for him and that generally doesn’t work. The Red Sox management and fans just had a very frustrating season losing ninety plus games, after barely missing the AL Playoffs in 2011. And this just added to that, but that is not all Bobby V, who was coming into a situation where he hadn’t managed in MLB for a long time and needed a good opportunity to get his footing down in MLB and needed a good team and staff around him to succeed.