EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ray Handley will be fired as head coach of the New York Giants immediately after the 1992 season, the New York Daily News has learned.
There has not been an official powwow yet, but the team's management -- despite its denials yesterday -- is preparing to make the change and fire Handley with one year left on his three-year contract.
Handley, 48, has no plans to resign and intends to coach the team in its final two games.
But fret not, Giants fans. When the season ends, Handley will go, and the Bill Parcells rumors will intensify.
Handley is 13-17 since taking over for Parcells.
The Giants likely will name their new coach before Feb. 1, when some form of new NFL free agency is expected to be in place and the first 1993 player personnel decisions will have to be made.
The Giants will have to pay off the final year of Handley's contract -- believed to be worth about $450,000.
When asked about Handley's status, after discussions with players, management and team sources during the past 10 days, the Giants' front office yesterday denied that a decision already had been reached.
"It won't be discussed until after the season's over," co-owner Robert Tisch claimed from Dallas, where he joined general manager George Young and co-owner Wellington Mara at the NFL owners meetings.
"No decision has been made," executive vice president John Mara added. "And I believe George's party line is to evaluate the entire team after the season. I'm sure that's what he plans on doing this year."
Young could not be reached for comment.