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John Mara says he plans to talk to Tom Coughlin about staying

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

SAN FRANCISCO — At Tom Coughlin’s farewell news conference two days after the end of the 2015 season, Giants co-owner John Mara said he hoped the coach would remain with the team in some capacity.

Now that Coughlin will not be coaching in the NFL in 2016, Mara hopes to convince his former coach of 12 seasons to stay.

“He’s been away, but I do plan on talking [to Coughlin],” Mara said Friday after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s Super Bowl media briefing. “There’s still hope.”

It remains uncertain what role Coughlin might play, but Mara said at Coughlin’s news conference that he wants the former coach to serve in an advisory capacity on personnel matters.

Coughlin stepped down after a 6-10 season, his third straight losing season and fourth in a row without a playoff berth. He was interviewed by the Eagles and 49ers but did not take either job. It is not known if either team offered him the head- coaching position. The Eagles wound up hiring former quarterback Doug Pederson and the 49ers hired Chip Kelly, who was fired by Philadelphia with one game remaining in the 2015 season.

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