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Handicapping the candidates for the Cubs managerial opening

Dale Sveum (from left right) Terry FranconPete Mackanare some names being mentioned for Cubs' managerial position. Click through our gallery

Dale Sveum (from left to right), Terry Francona and Pete Mackanin are some of the names being mentioned for the Cubs' managerial position. Click through our gallery to see who the Sun-Times lists as top candidates.

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Updated: November 3, 2011 10:29PM

Who will be your next Chicago Cubs manager? Well, we know it won’t be Ryne Sandberg.

New Cubs president Theo Epstein roundly shot down that notion with his statement on Wednesday after the Mike Quade firing.

What we do know, judging from what transpired on Wednesday, is that Epstein will act quickly and decisively in naming a new manager; the process won’t drag on.

His short list of interviewees is rapidly forming as reports trickle in: Dale Sveum, Pete Mackanin and Mike Maddux.

But what about Terry Francona?

Here’s how the Sun-Times handicaps the managerial race based on what we’re hearing:

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