By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ARLINGTON, Texas -- According to Doug Melvin, the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Brewers have yet to receive a request from the Red Sox to interview hitting coach Dale Sveum for Boston's managerial vacancy.
But Melvin left little doubt Sunday that Sveum would be a good choice and Sveum indicated an interest.
"I think Dale is qualified to manage," Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel prior to Game 1 of the NLCS Sunday. "He has ambitions to manage. They might be waiting to see if Theo Epstein is staying, too. I don't know.
"Sometimes you see the names, but the teams never ask permission. I'd give permission if they asked. He had permission last year to talk to Pittsburgh."
CSNNE.com reported Friday that Sveum is among a half-dozen or so candidates the Red Sox are interested in interviewing.
"I haven't heard anything about the Red Sox' interest," Sveum told the newspaper. "I'd have interest in managing anywhere. Whether it pans out or not, who knows? I don't know if I'm on their list or not."
The Brewers are playing St. Louis for the National League pennant and that's where Sveum's focus is fixed.
"I don't even want to get into that now," said Sveum of his own future.
Sveum spent two seasons as the Red Sox third base coach in 2004-2005. He managed Pittsburgh's Double-A team for three seasons from 2001-2003 and served as the Brewers' interim manager for 12 games at the end of the 2008 season when Ned Yost was fired.