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30 June 2016

We take a closer look at some of Town's 2016/17 Championship season opponents, including recently relegated Newcastle and Norwich City

Leeds United

Now entering their 13th season outside of the Premier League, The Whites will be looking to improve on recent mid-table finishes under the leadership of new manager, Garry Monk. The former Swansea boss has already set about reshaping his squad, with the capture of striker Marcus Antonsson.

Nickname – The Whites
Ground – Elland Road
Manager – Garry Monk
Key Player – Alex Mowatt
Town Link – Following a loan spell at Portman Road in 2015, striker Chris Wood then signed for Leeds from Leicester that summer.

Newcastle United

Following relegation from the Premier League last term, Newcastle head into this campaign as promotion favourites under the stewardship of former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez.

Nickname – The Magpies
Ground – St James’ Park
Manager – Rafa Benitez
Key Player – Georginio Wijnaldum
Town Link – Town legend Sir Bobby Robson also had a spell managing The Magpies from 1999-2004.

Norwich City

Town’s East Anglian rivals, Norwich City, find themselves back in the Championship after just one season in the Premier League, following their Play-Off final win in 2014-15. Flying winger Nathan Redmond has departed for Southampton, but the Canaries are expected to challenge for an immediate return to the top flight.

Nickname – The Canaries
Ground – Carrow Road
Manager – Alex Neil
Key Player – Wes Hoolahan
Town Link – Town hold the record for the biggest win in the East Anglian derby, winning 5-0 on three occasions.

Nottingham Forest

Two-time European Champions, Forest are entering their 18th season outside of the Premier League. Philippe Montanier has been placed in charge at The City Ground with the task of pushing for promotion, and the Frenchman has made former Everton striker Apostolos Vellios his first signing.

Nickname – The Reds
Ground – City Ground
Manager – Philippe Montanier
Key Player – Britt Assombalonga
Town Link – Ipswich skipper Luke Chambers made over 200 appearances for Forest and captained the side during his final season at the club.

Preston North End

Now in their second successive season in the second tier, Simon Grayson’s side will be looking to improve on their impressive top-half finish last time out. With various players moving in and out of the club, it proves to be a busy transfer window for Preston.

Nickname – The Lilywhites
Ground – Deepdale
Manager – Simon Grayson
Key Player – Daniel Johnson
Town Link – Former Town midfielder Tommy Miller spent time on loan with the Lilywhites whilst playing for Sunderland.

Queens Park Rangers

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink heads into his first full campaign in charge at Loftus Road, looking to push QPR towards the Play-Offs after a mid-table finish last term. Has added Huddersfield defender Joel Lynch to his squad ahead of the season, with the former Brighton and Forest man adding valuable Championship experience.

Nickname – The Hoops
Ground – Loftus Road
Manager – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Key Player – Massimo Luongo
Town Link –Jay Emmanuel-Thomas signed for QPR last summer following a spell at Bristol City, whom he joined from Town in 2013.

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