Terry Collins, who resigned as Mets manager after the final game of the season on Sunday in Philadelphia, has accepted the position of Special Assistant to GM Sandy Alderson, the team announced on Tuesday. Collins' tenure as manager had been expected to end after the season, according to multiple reports. Over a dozen team sources -- including players -- criticized Collins to Marc Carig of Newsday earlier this week. In Carig's report, it was written that Collins had a fractured relationship with many players and had been ignoring directives from the front office -- specifically related to how they wanted him to run the bullpen. One anonymous Met told Carig that Collins "has always been difficult to communicate with," with another Met telling Carig "we were all miserable." It was also reported by Carig that Mets owner Fred Wilpon shielded Collins from being fired on numerous ocassions during his tenure. Collins responded to part of the report on Friday, saying the front office never took issue with his bullpen usage.