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Browns introduce Mangini as coach

Browns introduce Mangini as coach
Eric Mangini, the new Cleveland coach, is shown during a game while with the New York Jets Dec. 21, 2008. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant) | License Photo

CLEVELAND, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Eric Mangini, fired by the New York Jets the day after the regular season ended, was introduced Thursday as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns didn't disclose details of Mangini's contract but it reportedly covers four years.

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Mangini, who started in the NFL as a ball boy with the Browns in 1994 and later was an assistant coach on the team, replaced Romeo Crennel, who was fired after a 4-12 season.

"I couldn't be happier to come home to Cleveland," Mangini said. "I'm excited about getting to work and moving forward."

Mangini spent more than a decade as an assistant coach in the NFL before taking the head coaching job with the Jets in 2006. His record in three seasons with the New York team was 23-25.

The Jets lost four of their last five games, finished at 9-7, missed the playoffs and Mangini was let go.

"I feel really good about the things we did in New York," Mangini said at a news conference in Cleveland. "We're going to work as hard here."

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