Coyle ready for tough start
Burnley boss Owen Coyle accepts "it does not come any tougher" after his promoted side were handed clashes with champions Manchester United, Liverpool and fellow title challengers Chelsea in the opening weeks of the 2009/2010 Barclays Premier League season. The Clarets returned to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1976 after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final at Wembley. On the opening day the Lancashire side kick off at Stoke, who stayed up last season, before Coyle must then prepare his men for the visit of United on Tuesday August 18, a home game against Europa League qualifiers Everton ahead of travelling to Chelsea on August 29 and then Anfield on September 12. "What a fantastic start to have. It does not come any tougher and we are under no illusions about how difficult it will be," Coyle said on Sky Sports News. "But it is fantastic we are even talking about it in same breath as Burnley Football Club and we aim to make the most of it. We know what it is about and we will be ready to give it our best."
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