I wouldn't say "weeks ago." But they had their meetings in D.C. The same meetings they have every year, whether the manager is on the hot seat or not. Middleton was in the meetings. It should be done either way.
The Mets and Angels are still apparently where we are, but who knows.
We can't rule out the "we'll only fire hm if Maddon becomes available" scenario too (which is also true of the Mets and Angels).
The thing is, up until now Klentak has been in charge. He chose to keep Mackanin, MacPhail (who didn't even work with Pete himself) didn't make him. He also chose to give Mackanin an extension, and then chose to change his mind. MacPhail made it very clear it was Klentak's call at the time. Middleton didn't even come up, that I can recall. And the managerial hiring committee was Klentak, Minnitti, Rice and Joe Jordan.
Maybe Al Haig can come in and fire someone.