Charlie Manuel is out as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and has been replaced by Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis the team announced Friday.

The team informed Manuel that it would not renew his contract and a decision was made to part ways now rather than finish the season. Manuel made it clear that he didn't resign.

"I'm mad because they took the best seat in the house from me" Manuel said adding that "I enjoyed every bit of it."

From 2007-11 the Phillies made the playoffs five straight seasons winning the World Series in 2008 and losing in 2009. But Philadelphia missed the playoffs last season and is stuck in fourth place in the NL East this season over 20 games behind the first-place Braves.

Philies manage Ruben Amaro Jr. said that parting ways with Manuel now gives the team a chance to see what Sandberg can do.

Sandberg 53 spent this season as third base coach for the Phillies his first major league coaching position. He spent the previous two seasons as the Phillies Triple-A manager leading Lehigh Valley to its first playoff appearance.