That is a more generous interpretation. But the Phillies have a history of botching this stuff. And in general the MacPhail administration has moved too slowly. Including the firing/hiring of the GM process and then Klentak sticking with Mackanin (if they'd just let him go from the start, or at least after Year One, there wouldn't be any debate about firing the manager now. It'd be an easy call one way or the other).
Anyway, the organizational meetings were over before the last three home games. Middleton could have easily taken the weekend plus a couple of days to weigh things. Apparently he flew somewhere yesterday (I read that as, to pick someone's brain, but that could just as easily mean he's picking the brain of someone who wants the job). It's a fine line between deliberate and paralyzed.
Given they are retaining 7 of the 9 coaches (as of now, all under contract again) I'm sure it's not the end of the world if they are 7 days behind everyone else in the managerial search. Clearly if they wanted Maddon things would have played out differently.
Seems to me we're still either looking at an epic change (if not an actual ouster of the front office, the arrival of a manager who threatens their authority) or this is like instant replay in football - the call on the field will likely stand. Option C is we just get another Kapler-style manager (young, inexperienced, analytic, an extension of Klentak) given the coaching staff is coming back.
I'm a little surprised Thomson is staying, if the veteran bench coach is supposed to back up and make the manager better, can't really see how he has. Plus if they do bring Kapler back you give the bench coach job to his possible interim replacement (though that worked pretty badly with Manuel and Sandberg).