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By PFW staff

Browns president Mike Holmgren indicated Monday that he's focused on hiring someone other than himself to replace Eric Mangini as head coach but would not rule out a return to coaching.

"To tell you I won't coach again wouldn't be honest," Holmgren said, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

Holmgren indicated multiple times Monday that his intent, at the moment, was to hire someone else to coach.

Holmgren, who became the Browns' president in 2009 after a season away from coaching, said he liked Mangini personally and noted that the Browns were more competitive than a season ago save for the 41-9 drubbing at the hands of Pittsburgh Sunday, but he also noted that "we did not win enough games this season."

Holmgren indicated his list of coaching candidates included professional and collegiate coaches. He reportedly did not divulge whom the Browns would be interviewing. 

ESPN reported Monday that the Browns had sought permission to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for their head-coaching vacancy.

The way we see it

Until Holmgren officially hires someone other than himself to be head coach, the speculation about a return to the sideline will continue. Ex-Panthers head coach John Fox and ex-Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden are among those who could be potential candidates, multiple media outlets have reported. 

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