ZakZak has an extended interview with Katsuya Nomura where he mentions that the Eagles probably have their sights set on Atsuya Furuta for the future.
We here that Brown will likely become the next manager.
So does that mean I'm worse than Brown!? What has that guy accomplished? [The front office] obviously doesn't think very highly of me.
Brown managed the Carp to B class for 4 years.
I guess they really don't care about ability for the next manager. In the end, doesn't this team want Furuta? But I hear Furuta didn't want to take on the team after me. Brown's just a gap-filler.
Nomura also went on to say that he thinks the team will end up at the bottom of the standings next season:
This team is missing a lot of things. You should get too high on this roster and think that they'll be able make second again. Make no mistake, this team will be in last place next season. We were really lucky with a number of things this year. Part of that has to do with last year's Nippon Series champ Seibu Lions falling apart. That really helped us out a lot. And the Chiba Lotte Marines were a mess as well. Softbank had trouble with injuries. And it's not like Orix is really THAT weak. We just happened to make second place because everything lined up right. We were lucky this year. This team is still growing. The team is still in the process of developing.
If what Nomura said is true, then I'm pretty excited about the Eagles' future. I'm a HUGE Furuta fan and I think he deserves another real shot at managing. And even though he's Nomura's disciple, he's nothing like him.
As for his comments on the team... Unfortunately, he's probably right. A lot of things did go well for the Eagles this season. And you can expect Lions, Hawks, and Buffaloes to have much better seasons next year. And that means the Eagles might be back at the bottom of the standings next year.