Those who would like to see the Yankees get Joe Girardi’s replacement in house quickly might want to swallow a Valium or two because the early indications are the process is going to take time to ink a new manager.

Before the Yankees get to naming a manager for a team that will be expected to annually challenge for a World Series title, there is the task of finding a new head of player development.

Gary Denbo, who was in his 23rd year of working with the Yankees and finished a third year as the VP of player development, left to join Derek Jeter and the Marlins on Oct. 9.

Eric Schmitt (director of minor league operations), John Kremer (director of performance science) and Carlos Mendoza (field coordinators), who are based in Tampa, have interviewed to replace Denbo. Kevin Reese, director of professional scouting who works out of The Bronx, also has been interviewed.

General manager Brian Cashman’s search for Girardi’s successor will be a multi-step process. Lists will be compiled, contacts made and interviews set up. From there the field will be reduced.

If the Yankees want to talk to someone outside the organization who is working for another club, they might have to wait until a contract expires. A lot of deals end this coming Tuesday, a day when all of the Yankees coaches’ contracts expire.