Blackburn chief Owen Coyle tips Norwich City as one of the Championship’s big favourites

Blackburn mamager Owen Coyle will look forward to Norwich City's visit. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wir

Blackburn mamager Owen Coyle will look forward to Norwich City's visit. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Owen Coyle is out to make Norwich City suffer a bumpy landing in their opening-day Championship visit to his Blackburn Rovers.

Coyle replaced Paul Lambert over the summer at Ewood Park and the Scot is tipping Alex Neil's squad as one of the 'big favourites' to return to the Premier League.

The 49-year-old, who guided Burnley to Championship promotion success and managed Bolton in the top flight, is under no illusions his men will need to be at their best on August 6.

'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,' he said. '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.

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'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 is confident he is the man to lift Rovers out of the doldrums, ahead of their fifth consecutive season in the Championship.

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'I'm been super excited to be the manager of such a prestigious club with tremendous history and traditions,' he told Rovers' official site.

'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 now to the first game of the new season.'

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