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The new boys: part two

22 June 2016

Following the release of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures on Wednesday morning, looks at some more new faces in the division.


Manager - Paul Heckingbottom

Last season - League One (play-off winners)

Barnsley's memorable rise from the bottom of the League One table to the play-off final last season saw them return to the Sky Bet Championship courtesy of a 3-1 win over Millwall at Wembley last month.

Paul Heckingbottom, interim manager at the time, has now been handed the role on a full-time basis and he will surely be looking forward to bringing his hometown club back into the second tier following their relegation in 2014.

The Tykes have a talented squad which includes both youth and experience and they will hope to reacquaint themselves quickly with life in the Championship and carry on the momentum which has brought them this far.

Burton Albion

Manager - Nigel Clough

Last season - League One (2nd)

Forest's first opponents of the new season come in the form of Nigel Clough's Burton Albion side and the Brewers will travel to The City Ground hoping to confound expectations - as they have done in recent seasons.

The departure of former manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to QPR could have derailed Burton's promotion hopes last season but Clough came in and was able to guide his charges to the Championship for the first time in their history.

Clough has the ability to call on a squad full of Football League experience and although Burton are one of the favourites for relegation this season, don't be surprised if they use their nous to upset the odds once again.

Wigan Athletic

Manager - Gary Caldwell

Last season - League One (1st)

League One champions Wigan Athletic have returned to the Sky Bet Championship after only one season away and they are being backed to have another good season by the bookmakers.

Under the guidance of their former defender Gary Caldwell, the Latics were able to beat Burton Albion to the League One title in 2015-16 and they have moved to add Stephen Warnock and Alex Gilbey to their squad so far this summer.

The crowd at the DW Stadium have had their fair share of ups and downs in recent seasons and they'll be hoping their side can get off to a good start when they get back to playing second-tier football in August.

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