CLEVELAND — Browns coach Eric Mangini will return for the 2010 season, a Browns spokeman confirmed Thursday afternoon.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news Thursday afternoon, adding that new president Mike Holmgren told the coaching staff it would return, too.
Mangini met with Holmgren briefly Tuesday and again Wednesday and Thursday. Holmgren, who agreed to run the franchise last month, had maintained Mangini would get a fair shot to keep his job, but the decision is considered a surprise.
Mangini and Holmgren don’t have much history together and have different philosophies, and Holmgren was expected to bring in one of “his guys.” But after three days of meetings, Holmgren determined that they could coexist.
Mangini went 5-11 in his first season with the Browns, finishing with a four-game winning streak.
No news conference is scheduled for Thursday, but statements will be issued by the team. The Browns also confirmed that Seahawks executive Will Lewis will interview for the general manager job Friday.