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In an upset, Holmgren retains Mangini, staff

Eric Mangini pulled off his biggest win yet.

Mangini will return for a second season as Cleveland’s coach, a surprising personal victory following a four-game winning streak by the Browns that may have saved his job. New team president Mike Holmgren decided Thursday to retain Mangini, whose job seemed to be slipping away after the Browns started 1-11.

Mangini’s staff has been asked to return as well.

Holmgren spent the past two days in meetings with Mangini, who was fired after last season by the New York Jets and had a turbulent first year in Cleveland.

“I was able to gain some tremendous insight into his thought process and philosophies, and came away from our meetings very impressed,” Holmgren said in a statement. “... Working together, our goal is to build on the strong tradition of this franchise and help get the Browns back to the playoffs.”

Mangini was confident all along that he would be back.

“I want to thank Mike for the opportunity to not only meet with him and share my thoughts and vision on what it takes to lead a team, but also to continue what we started here,” Mangini said.

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