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      Eric Mangini fired by Browns after 5-11 season

      Eric Mangini / msnbc.com

      BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Eric Mangini following a second straight 5-11 season that ended with a humiliating home loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

      He was dismissed during a Monday morning meeting with team president Mike Holmgren. The club announced his dismissal in a statement.

      Mangini went just 10-22 with the Browns and finished his second season with a four-game losing streak. Cleveland went 2-6 following an upset of NFL heavyweight New England on Nov. 7 - a victory that seemed like a turning point. Instead, it only triggered a slide.

      PFT: Browns fire Mangini

      Mangini 's ouster seemed set long before Sunday's 41-9 loss, and the rout certainly didn't help his cause with Holmgren, the Super Bowl-winning coach who may return to the sideline.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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