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Coyle 'tics off at Barnsley

OWEN Coyle's first game in charge of Wigan will take him to Oakwell for a meeting with Barnsley.

Coyle took the job this week after Roberto Martinez left the relegated FA Cup winners for Everton.

One of the other sides to have dropped into the Championship, Reading, host Ipswich.

Play-off final losers Watford, who will be be adapting to the new overseas loan rule, start at Birmingham, while defeated semi-finalists Brighton are away to Leeds.

For Leeds manager Brian McDermott, the fixture represents a good chance to show positive intent for the season ahead after a number of botched promotion attempts under previous Elland Road bosses.

"I literally take each game on its merits, I've never been involved in an easy game yet," he said of his approach.

"You look at each game on its merits and plan for each game. First and foremost the important thing for me is to get to the Brighton game with the players in great physical shape, we have the players in that we are looking to try and sign, the planning is all done, the process around the training ground is all done."