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Fortitudo signs Cesare Pancotto, replaces Dragan Sakota
Dec 10, 2008
Despite winning its first Eurocup game on the road by 11 points just 24 hours early, Fortitudo Bologna made a coaching change on Wednesday, releasing veteran Dragan Sakota and replacing him with another long-time bench boss, Cesare Pancotto. Fortitudo is currently tied for second place with two other teams at 1-2 in Eurocup regular season Group G. Sakota had taken the reigns at Fortitudo in January, replacing Andrea Mazzon. The veteran coach can count among his major successes winning the 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup with PAOK Thessaloniki and the 2002 Greek championship with AEK Athens. Fortitudo has a 4-5 record in the Italian League and just registered a 93-67 road loss against archrivals Virtus Bologna last weekend. Pancotto, age 53, is a well-rounded coach that has worked for many Italian teams like Reggio Emilia, Forli, Sassari, Pistoia, Siena, Trieste, Roma, Montecatini, Trieste or Teramo. He arrives from Snaidero Udine, the team he coached in the last three seasons. He has coached in the Italian first division for 24 years and 811 games. He will be ready to sit on the Fortitudo bench against FMP - that also found a new coach in Milovan Stepandic - in the Eurocup regular season Week 4 next Tuesday.