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A ‘fantastic start’ to the season – Coyle

22 June 2016

Manager Owen Coyle has described the opening day clash with Norwich City as a ‘fantastic’ way to start the season.

The Canaries, who were relegated from the Premier League in May, will visit Ewood Park on Saturday August 6th and the new Rovers boss believes it is a game that the supporters should be excited about.

“Whatever the fixtures were going to be dealt out today, every game is a tough, tough game in the Championship,” said the manager. 

“I think it's a fantastic start to bring Norwich City, who will be one of the big, big favourites to go back to the Premier League straight away.

“Alex Neil is someone I know very well from my time in the game, but for me, everything is about Blackburn Rovers. 

“It's about having that first game at home in the league against a very good side, a side who felt they were hard done by to come out of the Premier League.

“So of course it will be a tough game, but it's a great game to look forward to, it's exciting and we want to get the Blackburn Rovers fans excited about next season and games like that certainly help to do that.”

Coyle will then come up against one of his former clubs, Wigan Athletic, in Rovers’ first away league trip of the season and the new manager is looking forward to visiting the DW Stadium, where he worked from June-December 2013.

“When the fixtures come out, there's always little ironies in every game and as it happens the first away game is against Wigan, which is a very nice stadium and I'm pretty sure the pitch will be in a good condition,” he added. 

“It's a local game for the fans as well, so again, coming on the back of the excitement of Norwich and then not having to travel too far for the first away game, I think that fits in really well.

“We'll be going there looking to get our first points on the board away from home. It's a tough fixture, they are a good footballing side, but equally, it's a great game to look forward to.”

With the fixtures now out and the players returning for pre-season training on Monday, the manager insists that excitement levels surrounding the new season are beginning to build.

“I've been super excited anyway to be the manager of such a prestigious club with tremendous history and traditions,” he added. 

“When the fixtures come out, it starts to get a little bit more real. You can start to envisage who you play against and when you play them and it's that build up.

“We’re still looking to continue to add to the squad and bring some exciting players in, and then the fixtures come out and you put it all together, of course it's a very exciting time.”

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