Fans gather to wish former Phils skipper well

 Charlie Manuel did his last broadcast for WPHT in the Liberty Place rotunda. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Charlie Manuel did his last broadcast for WPHT in the Liberty Place rotunda. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The former manager of the Phillies got a hero’s sendoff Friday as he did his final radio show in Center City. 

About 100 fans gave up their lunch hour to be on hand as Charlie Manuel did his last broadcast for WPHT in the Liberty Place rotunda. Manuel says he’s not good with taking a compliment.

“I am not a guy who can accept his accolades because there’s a lot of things that go into that,” he said. “First of all my players, they are the ones that make it happen, they are the ones that play the game and they are the ones that execute for ya.”

Alicia Audette came with a friend and held up a handmade sign thanking Manuel for great memories.

“We wanted to say thank you and just let him know that the fans here loved him while he was here and will love him while he’s gone,” Audette said. “We wish him the best with his career. I hope to see him managing again someday.  I’d love to see him with our franchise doing something, but if managing is where he wants to be I’d love that for him.”

Manuel says he is going to take some private time and do some thinking before making his next career move.

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