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Tom Coughlin says he’s not retired

Former New York Giants head coach Tom

Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks on in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

SAN FRANCISCO — Tom Coughlin said on Monday that he is not retired. But whatever he wants to call his current situation of employment, he admitted he is not enjoying it.

Asked on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” how he is handling the past month without preparing for the upcoming season he said: “Not well, not very well, to be honest with you.”

Coughlin stepped down as coach of the Giants in January after a second straight 6-10 season.

“It’s a difficult thing,” he said of the adjustment. “I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been doing it. I’ve been doing it a long time, so you know you get yourself into the rhythm your whole life is, your calendar of your life is based on football, about the seasons, whether it’s in season or out of season. You have a schedule that you follow. So, there’s some adjusting for me to make.”

The Giants have asked Coughlin to remain with the organization in a personnel advisory position. Team co-owner John Mara said last week he intends to speak with Coughlin about that prospect soon. Coughlin, 69, interviewed for head coach openings with the Eagles and 49ers last month but ultimately withdrew from consideration for both.

He made it very clear, though, that he’s not finished on the sideline.

“I’m not . . . I don’t like that word, you know the retired word,” he said. “I’m way too young for that, you know what I mean?”

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