I'm in the middle of something else so I can't get into this fully, but Yukan Fuji is reporting that Nomura said Hoshino shouldn't have had to bow out and then basically said that if Ichiro is going to talk the talk, then he should walk the walk and become a player-manager at the WBC (paraphrased, of course).
"Hoshino should not have been forced to resign. After all, it was only a proposal at the time. And Ichiro can be a player-manager, if he's only going to try and cause a ruckus."
The article also goes on to mention that the winner of the Nippon Series may ultimately go on to lead Team Japan at the WBC. That would leave Hara of the Yomiuri Giants, Ochiai of the Chunichi Dragons, and Watanabe of the Seibu Lions in the mix.
"The least controversial of choices would be picking the manager that wins the Nippon Series."
"I think the winner of the Nippon Series will end up becoming the manager."
"Perhaps the winner of the Nippon Series will be the best choice."
With all these late-breaking developments, there's a good chance that a decision will not be made on the 27th.
(Sounds like someone in Japan heard you Mak.)
Meanwhile, Jiji Press is reporting that Ochiai mentioned Nomura's name when asked of his opinion on the WBC Manager situation.
"If you're talking about active managers with the most baseball knowledge, that would be Nomu-san."
野村Ｖｓイチロー？！Â…ＷＢＣ監督問題で新場外バトル Yukan Fuji
落合監督、WBCは「野村さんがいい」＝プロ野球 Jiji Press