Six days have passed since the Pirates' last managerial interview. However, general manager Neal Huntington said that does not necessarily mean that the team has completed its search.

In fact, the possibility of conducting more interviews is very much a real one.

"The managerial search is an ongoing process," Huntington said. "We continue to do due diligence on candidates and are considering additional interviews. We will update as appropriate."

Huntington wouldn't comment on whether the club is waiting for permission to interview coaches who are with teams still in the postseason, though that could be one reason for the lack of activity over the past week.

To this point, the Pirates have talked to seven managerial candidates. That list was recently whittled to six, however, as Eric Wedge accepted a job with the Mariners. Wedge had been the first candidate interviewed by Pittsburgh.

There has been little public speculation about who may be the frontrunner among the other six -- John Gibbons, Bo Porter, Carlos Tosca, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha and Dale Sveum.