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Unicaja appoint Fotis Katsikaris as new coach after poor run

The new coach on his arrival at Malaga train station.
The new coach on his arrival at Malaga train station. / Francis Silva
  • Luis Casimiro was sacked after nine defeats from their last ten matches

A new era is under way at Malaga-based basketball club Unicaja. Fotis Katsikaris has this week taken over as new head coach, replacing the outgoing Luis Casimiro.

The change comes after a disastrous month and a half during which the side went on a run of nine defeats in the last ten games.

The 53-year-old Greek has vast experience in the Liga Endesa, having coached various teams such as Bilbao, Valencia, UCAM Murcia, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, as well as other European teams such as AEK, Aris de Salónica, Lokomotiv, Hapoel Jerusalem and the Greek national team.

Katsikaris has signed for the remainder of this season and next, with an option for an extension.

Katsikaris took charge of his first game on Saturday - another defeat, albeit by a small margin - 78-75 to Real Betis.

Things then went from bad to worse for the new man on Wednesday as his side were comfortably beaten by Nanterre in the Eurocup (83-92) to end the side's realistic hopes of progressing in the tournament.