Rumor: Sox Could be Manuel-less by Wednesday

(SN Report #570) - White Sox manager Jerry Manuel is once again on the hot seat -- one which has him gone as early as Wednesday -- and this time, it appears to be more than just talk.

Many reports from around major league baseball have the White Sox firing Manuel within the week and as early as Wednesday, one day before the start of the second half.

Manuel, who has been rumored to be on the brink of getting fired several times in his six and half year stint with the White Sox, has had a third straight season where his team, who on paper are among the elite, have underachieved. The White Sox are 44-49 this season and seven games behind the first-place Royals.

If Manuel were to be fired, the final blow likely stemmed from last week's 3-7 record against the Tigers, Devil Rays and Indians.

In his manegerial career, all with the Sox, Manuel has compiled a 459-444 record, which is typically a respectable record for a manager, but in many eyes, is not in the case for Manuel, who has been given many talented teams to work with over the past three season's.

Reports around baseball has Jim Fergosi, who managed the Sox from 1986 through 1988, and double-A manager Wally Backman being the top candidates to take over.

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