Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says "it's just a matter of time" before he and the Phillies agree to a contract extension. Manuel appeared on 610 WIP radio (MLB.com's Joe Frisaro has some pertinent quotes) to discuss both the Phillies and his own future with the team.
Manuel is only under contract through next season. He reiterated his preference to have his extension settled before Opening Day, or even before Spring Training, to avoid being a "distraction." Manuel seems to be looking for a two-year extension since he said he knows he can manage three more seasons, or until he turns 70 years old. After that, Manuel said he will sit down with Phillies management and see what direction the team wants to take.
Manuel has a 764-618 career record in his nine seasons as a Major League manager, including a 544-428 record in six years in Philadelphia. The West Virginia native has led the Phillies to two NL pennants and the 2008 World Series title.