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Eli Manning ‘on verge of tears’ during chat with Tom Coughlin

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The New York Giants and Tom Coughlin confirmed on Monday they would be going their separate ways after a disappointing 6-10 campaign. And while the 69-year-old, two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach was lauded by his players in the wake of the announcement, perhaps no player is taking his exit harder than Eli Manning.

In fact, the veteran signal-caller is so shook-up over Coughlin’s departure that his emotions got the best of him while talking with the only head coach he’s known in his entire NFL career.

Manning was visibly emotional while discussing Coughlin when meeting with reporters Monday, but it clearly appears that speaking to his former head coach face-to-face simply was too much to take for the 35-year-old quarterback.

“He has been a great coach to play under,” Manning said Monday, via USA Today. “We have a great relationship and great trust, and I appreciate the way he works, I think he appreciates the way I handle my business to play quarterback and get ready. We’ve had a good run. It could’ve been better, obviously, but I appreciate everything he has done for me.”

Regarding the notion that Coughlin let down his players this season, Manning said that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“He definitely has not failed these players,” he said, via NFL.com “We failed him.”

It of course remains to be seen what direction the Giants will take in seeking Coughlin’s replacement. But one thing is certain: As far as Manning is concerned, the next Giants head coach has some mighty big shoes to fill.