Manager Gene Michael said tonight he's tired of George Steinbrenner's interference and has told the New York Yankees owner to fire him if he wants to.

"I told him to quit threatening me," Michael said before the Yankee-Chicago White Sox game. "If he wants me to go, make the move -- don't wait.

"I can't take it any longer," Michael said.

Michael said he had talked with Steinbrenner earlier in the day. "He said: 'Gene, I think I'm going to have to let you go.' "

Asked if he knew that his statements might get him fired, Michael said: "He might do it before tonight's game or he might do it after the game. I talked to him on the phone and told him: 'Do it; don't wait.'

"I don't resign," he said. "I didn't take this job to resign.

"It just isn't fair to threaten to fire me all the time," Michael said. "He has suggested things and I've listened, but I can't agree with everything he says."

Earlier, Michael met with Reggie Jackson, who on Thursday was forced to undergo a physical examination to find out if there was a physical reason for his lengthy slump. Nothing was found wrong and he was back in the lineup tonight.