Mariners asked and received permission to interview former Toronto manager John Gibbons for their manager job. Gibbons has been the Kansas City Royals' bench coach the past two seasons.

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The Mariners have asked for and received permission to interview Kansas City Royals bench coach John Gibbons for their managerial position, according to sources.

Gibbons, 48, has been the Royals’ bench coach the past two seasons. He was the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager from 2004 until he was fired in June 2008.

Gibbons was hired in midseason 2004 after the Blue Jays fired Carlos Tosca.

Gibbons was 305-305 with the Blue Jays, the best season in 2006, when Toronto finished 87-75, second in the American League East.

The Blue Jays finished third in the AL East in 2007 with an 83-79 mark, and Gibbons was fired in 2008 after a 35-39 start.

The Mariners fired second-year manager Don Wakamatsu on Aug. 9. Daren Brown, who had been managing the Class AAA team in Tacoma, managed the Mariners the rest of the season.