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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Eric Mangini on George Kokinis

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini met with the media Tuesday.

Obviously the hot topic was this week's firing of general manager George Kokinis, which Mangini addressed briefly.

"The decision that was made was difficult personally and professionally," Mangini said. “George is a friend of mine and I respect him. I wish him and his family well. I can tell you that, for a variety of reasons, it didn’t work out...This was the best decision in order to move forward."

Mangini would not field questions from the media on the subject. It's possible that there may be legal ramifications involved as some details of Kokinis' sudden firing remain unclear.

The Browns are in the process of adding help on the personnel side to replace Kokinis. Mangini didn’t seem opposed to the idea on Tuesday.

Cleveland is on a bye until Nov. 16 when the Browns host the Baltimore Ravens (4-3).