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Dave Gettleman retires as Giants general manager

By Sports Desk January 10, 2022

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has announced his retirement.

Gettleman took over as GM in 2017 but did not oversee a single winning season during his time at the helm.

He leaves his post with the Giants having gone a dismal 19-46 during his tenure, Gettleman shouldering a huge amount of the blame for their struggles following a series of questionable personnel decisions.

The selection of running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in 2018 and quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in 2019 have backfired, while the hiring of Joe Judge as head coach has come under considerable scrutiny this season.

Sunday's defeat to the Washington Football Team saw the Giants finish 4-13, but Judge appears set to hold on to his job for a third season in charge.

Gettleman's time is over, however, with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch set to lead the search for a new GM.

"It was a privilege to serve as the general manager of the New York Giants the last four years and to have spent so many years of my career with this franchise," said Gettleman.

"We obviously have not had the on-the-field success I expected, and that is disappointing. However, I have many fond memories here, including two Super Bowl victories, and I wish the team and organisation only the best moving forward.

"There are many good people here who pour their souls into this organisation. I am proud to have worked alongside them."

Mara said in a statement: "This will be a comprehensive search for our next general manager. We are looking for a person who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication abilities, somebody who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching."

Tisch added: "It is an understatement to say John and I are disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field.

"We are united in our commitment to find a general manager who will provide the direction necessary for us to achieve the on-field performance and results we all expect."

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