John Mara: No ‘advantage’ in Giants firing Dave Gettleman

Allowing Dave Gettleman to stick around a few extra weeks so that he could save face with “retirement” was not the Giants’ mistake.

Allowing the failed general manager to remain in charge two years too long was the mistake.

Giants co-owner John Mara explained Wednesday why Gettleman was permitted to retire at season’s end even though it became inevitable by midseason that he would not be retained in 2022. NFL rules prohibit executives employed by one team from interviewing during the regular season for another team’s general manager vacancy, so the Giants only could have gotten a jump-start with in-house or independent candidates.

“Quite frankly, our top candidates are people who are all employed right now, so it really would not have given us any advantage,” Mara said. “I didn’t see any need to do that earlier than [Monday] when he announced his retirement.”

Giants assistant general manager Kevin Abrams and former NFL executives Louis Riddick and Scott Pioli — both working as television analysts — did not make the list of nine interviews scheduled.

John Mara and Dave GettlemanGetty Images; Robert Sabo

“All I can tell you is, based on the number of inquiries that I have had from prospective candidates, we’re not going to be able to interview even 20 percent of all of them,” Mara said. “This is a very desirable job.”

Many NFL sources, in conversations with The Post, have questioned the hypocrisy of allowing Gettleman…

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