Bobby Valentine has rooting interest as the Mets search for their next manager.

As someone who managed two of the potential candidates for the job, Robin Ventura and Joe McEwing, the former Mets manager would love to see a “special” individual in his old seat.

“There’s a few hundred guys that I have managed, but these two are in a special class of people,” Valentine said Thursday. “I think it is a wonderful step in the right direction, when you are hiring for any position, that you have the opportunity to hire a good person. I think great people make great leaders.”

Valentine managed the Mets to consecutive postseason appearances, in 1999 and 2000, with Ventura as his starting third baseman. The utilityman McEwing arrived in 2000, which culminated with a World Series appearance, and became a fan favorite for his blue-collar approach to the game.

The 44-year-old McEwing, who has spent the last six seasons as a coach for the White Sox, was scheduled Thursday to interview for the Tigers’ managerial vacancy. McEwing, Ventura, Kevin Long, Alex Cora, Bob Geren and Chip Hale are among the early names that have surfaced to replace Terry Collins, who announced his resignation Sunday.