There was a sense of depression around the skipper's dismissal but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did say that Manuel would have a lifetime role in the organization if he wanted a role (just not as manager - I feel like this is part of Amaro's twisted sense of humor).
Anyways, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports that Amaro and Manuel have been in contact throughout the course of the offseason in regards to a potential position for Manuel. The organization is just waiting for Manuel to make a decision whether he wants to return to the Phillies or not.
Manuel, who turns 70 in January, managed the Phillies for nine years posting a 780-636 (.581) record that included five straight division championships, one National League pennant, and one World Series Championship in 2008. The World Series endeared Manuel in the hearts of Philadelphians forever. His dismissal was unfortunate but, as he pointed out, was not entirely his fault as the team he was provided with was not built to win.
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