Aug 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel (41) walks to the pitchers mound to make a change during game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies, 5-4 in 12 innings. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies to part ways with Charlie Manuel

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly decided to part ways with manager Charlie Manuel, who led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series Title. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury broke news of the report on the heels of an impromptu conference call with the press scheduled for 2:30 EST.

Salisbury cited a source saying that the quickly scheduled conference call with the press is to announce the release of Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

ESPN’s SportsCenter tweeted out something that seemed to valdiate Salisbury’s report.

It still isn’t known whether this is a mutual split or if the Phillies are firing Manuel.

From CBS Sports’ Matt Snyder:

No reason was given as to why there was a press conference, but now sources indicate to’s Danny Knobler that Manuel is expected to be replaced as manager at said press conference.

So the press conference is to announce that Manuel has either resigned or been fired. Regardless, he’s out.

There were early reports that Ryne Sandberg could be the lead candidate to replace Manuel.

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