The Sky Blues open their League Two account against the Magpies on Saturday at the Ricoh Arena...
Mark Robins welcomes counterpart Kevin Nolan, as Coventry City look to bounce back to the third tier of English Football at the first attempt.
Ahead of the fixture, Robins is adament his side are ready to return to competitive action.
He said: "We're set, we're ready and we've been working really hard in preperation for this game. We've had a good pre-season with very few casulties coming through those games, which is all you can ask for.
"The season can't come round quick enough. I think the lads would have wanted it to start a couple of weeks ago, but it is a good, tough game, played at home which is always a bonus.
"We look forward to getting out on the pitch in front of the supporters again. Alot of the new additions have been there and done it and had good careers to date, so we look forward to that hopefully continuining."
Robins is confident his side are capable of a top seven finish that would mean a play-off berth come the end of the season, but he is aware every team in the division will have high hopes at this stage.
"Of course we'd like to finish inside the top three and get promotion but setting out everybody in the league has got that same aim. How realistic it is remains to be seen, when a team is ready to be promoted it gets promoted.
"I've had one transfer window, we've moved alot out and brought alot in. I'm happy with the way it has worked out so far. We'll take it from there, the foundations are in there now,"
He added: "We need to be challenging, there are expectations and demands from the supporters because nobody wants to see Coventry City playing in League Two, but that is the reality and that is what we have to try and put right."