Terry Collins, the longest-tenured manager in Mets history, will announce after Sunday's season finale against the Phillies that he will not return to that role next season, a source confirmed.
Mets manager Terry Collins walks to the dugout against the Braves at Citi Field on September 27, 2017.
The 68-year-old Collins has been the subject of speculation over whether or not he would be back.
Collins led the Mets back to the playoffs in the following season, marking just the second time in franchise history that NY made the playoffs in two-straight seasons.
Collins' tenure with the Mets was seven years.
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The Mets entered this season with grand expectations but faltered beneath the weight of injuries. The Mets lost the 2015 World Series to the Royals and lost the NL Wild Card game to the Giants the next year.
Now, Collins has agreed to stay on with the Mets despite giving up the manager's chair. In each of his first four seasons with the club, the Mets failed to make the postseason and did not win more than 79 games in a season. "There are good weeks, bad weeks, good years, bad years", Collins said before the game. Collins indicated after last season that he would consider retiring if he was exhausted again, but told The Record this week that he feels "great".
Early candidates for the Mets managerial job next year are Bob Geren, Chip Hale, Kevin Long, Robin Ventura and Alex Cora, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.
Among the coaches, only third base coach Glenn Sherlock is under contract for 2018.