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Mets to interview Melvin, Jauss on Thursday

Mets to interview Melvin, Jauss on Thursday

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NEW YORK -- The search for the next Mets manager will enter a new phase on Thursday, with scout Bob Melvin and bench coach Dave Jauss set to interview at Citi Field.

The Mets have not confirmed interviews for third-base coach Chip Hale or Class A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman, both of whom are also expected to meet with general manager Sandy Alderson in the coming days. Other internal candidates include Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell, Double-A manager Tim Teufel and Minor League field coordinator Terry Collins.

"We expect to have more information regarding the schedule of upcoming interviews with additional candidates later in the week," Alderson said in a statement.

Alderson said Tuesday that the Mets have not yet contacted any external candidates for the job, though Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle -- a strong candidate for the Pirates' managerial vacancy -- and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu figure to be among the interviewees.

Melvin, 49, joined the Mets in a scouting capacity last winter after managing the D-backs from 2005 until May of 2009. The D-backs offered him that job only after off-field issues prompted them to dismiss Backman just four days after hiring him as manager.

Melvin previously managed the Mariners in 2003 and 2004.

Jauss, 53, served as Mets bench coach under former manager Jerry Manuel last season. Previously, Jauss worked as the bench coach for the Orioles and the first-base coach for the Red Sox, after a nearly decade-long stint managing at various levels of Montreal's Minor League system.

Jauss was part of a 2010 Mets coaching staff that, collectively, remains in good standing within the organization. Aside from Hale and Jauss, who will interview for the manager's job, the Mets still look highly upon pitching coach Dan Warthen, hitting coach Howard Johnson and bullpen coach Randy Niemann. All are likely to be offered jobs in the organization next season, if not in the same roles.

Former first-base coach Razor Shines is the lone exception; Shines is not expected to return to the Mets.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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