CHICAGO — If the White Sox aim high for a successor to manager Ozzie Guillen, they could wait until the status of the Red Sox’s Terry Francona is resolved.

Francona, a minor league manager for the White Sox from 1991-95 who won two World Series titles with the Red Sox, said Thursday he will continue to assess his future in the wake of his team’s historic collapse.

“(General manager) Theo Epstein and I talked a little bit,” Francona said Thursday at a news conference at Fenway Park. “It’s still pretty fresh and pretty raw. I’d rather focus on the other stuff, if that’s OK.”

Epstein said Francona wasn’t to blame for the Red Sox’s 7-20 record in September as they blew a nine-game lead for a playoff spot. The Red Sox have until Oct. 10 to pick up the $4.25 million option on Francona’s contract for 2012.

Francona acknowledged that this was his most trying of eight seasons in Boston.