Kain, who advised Browns owner Lerner, leaves team after two years

BEREA, Ohio -- Bob Kain, who held the title "vice chairman" and served as an advisor to Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner, has left the team, it was announced Monday.

Kain, the former CEO and president of IMG, had been with the Browns since 2007. He was instrumental in Lerner's 2006 purchase of soccer team Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

Kain's departure was confirmed by a Browns spokesman after the team introduced new general manager George Kokinis on Monday.

Since concluding a 4-12 season, the Browns have fired head coach Romeo Crennel, GM Phil Savage and player personnel director T.J. McCreight. Last week, the team laid off 15 people from its support staff.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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