Mike Rizzo on the Nationals’ managerial search

MIAMI - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo gave a quick update on the team’s upcoming managerial search after the team’s season-ending 3-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday evening, and while the brief session with reporters didn’t break much new ground, it did re-establish a baseline for where the Nationals will conduct their search this fall.

Manager Davey Johnson, who said on Wednesday he wants to return in 2012, will either be running the team or serving as a consultant as part of the three-year deal he worked out with the Nationals when taking over for Jim Riggleman in July. Rizzo said the Nationals will interview other internal candidates as well, and though he didn’t name names, it’s safe to assume third base coach Bo Porter and Triple-A Syracuse manager Randy Knorr will get interviews.

“We’re going to take some deep breaths, go unpack and the decision will be made after that,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo said he has not begun interviewing candidates yet, but said last Sunday he doesn’t expect the process to be a long one.