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"It is an exciting start to the season. We've got a lot of work to do and that's my main focus." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

17 June 2015

The City boss believes there will be a lot of expectation on Wigan and Millwall to bounce straight back to the Championship...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray admits he is 'excited' by the challenge his side will face in the opening two games of the 2015/16 League One season.

The Sky Blues will start their campaign against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, August 8th, a side who were playing Premier League football just two seasons ago.

City's first away game and second game of the season will see them travel to the Den to face another relegated side, Millwall, on Saturday, August 15th.

It will be a challenging start for the Sky Blues but it is a start which Mowbray is looking forward to.

The City boss said: "It is an exciting start to the season as much as it is a challenging one. There are a lot of expectation on those two sides.

"Wigan have just been relegated and have a young manager in Gary Caldwell, someone I know very well and managed twice at Celtic and Hibernian, and I wish him all the best.

"Like Wigan, I'm sure Millwall will be expecting to bounce straight back to the Championship. It is always a good journey to Millwall and a good atmosphere.

"When a team is relegated, there is often a lot of upheavel in the summer with the players on the bigger salaries leaving so it might be a good time to play them but it can also work the other way."

Mowbray and his staff are currently working on bringing in new recruits for the 2015/16 campaign and he admits there is a lot of work to do.

He continued: "I'm sure the fans are excited by the start as even though you've got to play all the teams anyways, to get the bigger games earlier can add a bit more excitement.

"It could be a good way of seeing where we are at after pre-season but I think it shows the importance of getting everything right and preparing well.

"We've got to start the season on the right front and there is still a lot of work which needs to be done here.

"I'm saying that the clubs we face need to do a lot of work but if we focus on Coventry City, we've got make sure this squad is ready for the season and that is my main focus." 

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