Manage without an intermediary (6)
I believe the answer is:
'manage' is the definition.
(I know that direct is a more specific form of the action manage)
I don't understand how the remainder of the clue works.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for direct that I've seen before include "Moving without changing direction or stopping" , "Following the quickest path without deviation" , "Regulate" , "Control the affairs" , "Creepy-crawly" .)