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Browns' Mangini awaiting decision on future

CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns president Mike Holmgren will meet with Eric Mangini on Monday morning to discuss the coach's future in Cleveland.

Mangini is 10-21 in two years with the Browns (5-10), who have shown some improvement this season but maybe not enough to satisfy Holmgren. Cleveland is 3-9 in games decided by 10 points or less and the Browns entered Sunday's finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) just 2-5 since upsetting the New England Patriots on Nov. 7.

Mangini has expressed confidence he has the Browns headed in the right direction, and on Friday said he was excited about being part of the team's future. Holmgren kept Mangini this season despite the club's 5-11 finish in 2009.

If Mangini is fired, Holmgren could hire someone or appoint himself as coach.

The 62-year-old, who won a Super Bowl title with Green Bay and guided Seattle to its only title game appearance, has left open the possibility of returning to the sideline. He was hired in December 2009 by owner Randy Lerner to restore Cleveland's franchise, but Holmgren has admitted it has been tough to watch games from the press box.

Last week, Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace, who played seven seasons under Holmgren in Seattle, said he believes Holmgren still has the itch to coach.

Holmgren went 161-111 in 17 seasons as an NFL head coach, making the playoffs 12 times and winning eight division titles.

Among the other candidates Holmgren may be able to choose from are former Carolina coach John Fox and Jon Gruden, a close friend currently working as an ESPN analyst.

Mangini is the fourth coach the Browns have had since returning to the league in 1999.

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