BOSTON -- For the third consecutive year, Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is likely to stay in his current post rather than pursue a managerial vacancy elsewhere.

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein confirmed Monday that Farrell wants to stay in Boston instead of putting himself in the running as manager of the Cleveland Indians, the team he was once the farm director for.

The Indians recently called the Red Sox for permission to speak with Farrell. Epstein said that permission would have been granted, but it doesn't seem as if Farrell will take it that far.

"Before the Indians called, John expressed a strong desire to stay here and not make himself a candidate for that job because of his desire to stay here, and we're excited about that," Epstein said. "They called recently and I actually have a meeting scheduled with John just to complete that circle. But based on everything we've talked about, I have strong expectations that he's going to stay here. He's an important guy in our organization."

Farrell lives in Ohio, another reason the Cleveland job could have been more attractive than some of the vacancies (Pirates two years ago, Mariners last year) he took himself out of the running for in recent years.

However, the Astros have received permission from the Red Sox to interview bench coach Brad Mills and first-base coach Tim Bogar for their vacant managerial spot. Those interviews will take place Oct. 19.

"There are a number of candidates and we're proud that those two will be among the group to be interviewed and we wish them the best of luck," Epstein said. "Absent one of those two guys getting hired as manager of the Astros, we expect our whole staff to be back."

The rest of manager Terry Francona's staff includes hitting coach Dave Magadan, third-base coach DeMarlo Hale and bullpen coach/catching instructor Gary Tuck.

Bogar, 42, won a pair of league Manager of the Year awards in his two seasons in the Astros' Minor League system in 2004 and '05. Mills, 52, has been with the Red Sox since '04, working with former teammate and college roommate Francona. Mills was Francona's first-base coach with Philadelphia from 1997-2000 and managed for 11 seasons in the Minors.