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Tom Coughlin to return as New York Giants coach

Embattled New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin will be back at the helm next season, owner John Mara confirmed on Tuesday.

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Coughlin's position was in doubt after another losing NFL season, with the Giants going 6-10 in 2014.

However, the 68-year-old still has the backing of Mara, the Giants' hierarchy and the players, despite an embarrassing campaign that saw the franchise lose six of their final nine games.

Mara, though, made it clear that he expects improvement in 2015 as the Giants attempt to win the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

"Obviously I am very disappointed about this past season. Sick about it, as a matter of fact. Certainly not what I expected or what any of us expected. 6-10 is an embarrassment," Mara told reporters.

"With that being said, I do think there is some reason for optimism going forward. We had some young players really develop who we are excited about. We have had two pretty strong drafts in a row that we feel good about.

"We were still 6-10, so obviously we have a lot of work to do."

Mara added: "We still believe in him. I believe the players still feel very strongly about him and the one thing that struck me during the season, even as bad as things got during that seven-game losing streak, they still played hard for him.

"There was no lack of effort there. They were still very attentive during practice and on the sidelines and their effort never waned, even though the results were not what we had hoped for."

Mara also announced on Tuesday that general manager Jerry Reese will continue in his role next year.

"I still believe, very strongly, in Jerry Reese and our organisation. We have a lot of quality people working here," said Mara.

"We have had two very strong drafts in a row. We need to have another one. I think with that and with another year under this new offense, we have a chance to be a good team next year."

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