Charlie Manuel reunites with Phillies

Charlie Manuel will return to the Philadelphia Phillies in a front-office role, according to ESPN Radio 97.5, just five months after being fired as the team's manager.

Manuel will be a senior adviser to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., according to CSNPhilly.com.

It was Amaro who broke down in tears at the news conference announcing Manuel's firing in August.

Though he was fired, Manuel and Philadelphia's front office were in surprisingly good spirits during that news conference. The team even carefully worded its news release at the time to say "Phillies Announce Managerial Change," rather than stating it had fired Manuel.

At the news conference, Amaro said Manuel had been offered a role in the front office. Manuel, however, brushed that off at the time.

"What I need to do is get some time off to sit and think," Manuel said in August.

He will now move into the front office of a team that is dealing with an aging roster under first-time major-league manager Ryne Sandberg, who was originally named the interim manager after Manuel's firing.

Manuel, the franchise's winningest manager with a 780-636 mark, led the team to a 2008 World Series championship and five straight division titles.

Information from ESPN.com's Jayson Stark contributed to this report.