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18 June 2014

The gaffer tells that this season will be a marathon and not a sprint.

Latics boss Uwe Rosler says the Sky Bet Championship season is a marathon and not a sprint as he hopes to lead his side to promotion back to the Premier League in 2014/15.

The fixture computer has thrown out a home tie with Reading on the opening day of the campaign before trips to Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City complete the season’s first two weeks.

Latics will travel to Leeds United on Boxing Day whilst the derby matches with Bolton Wanderers take place on Saturday 8th November at the Reebok Stadium and Saturday 21st March at the DW Stadium.

And Rosler has urged his squad to make sure they are in the run-in for promotion come the last week of the season when they host Wolves before travelling to the German’s former club Brentford.

“This season will not be won in the first ten games, it’s a marathon and we have to make sure we are there at the end,” Rosler explained.

“This year will be even harder than last year, you look at Fulham and Cardiff and financially they have a very big budget whilst Norwich will be very, very competitive, keeping the nucleus of their team and they know what it takes to get promotion.”

Rosler did add that he understands the importance of achieving promotion this season after Latics missed out on the top-flight after defeat in the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship semi-finals last season.

“There will be teams from last year as well who will get better too so it’s only going to get tougher but we knew that and we have to do everything we can do to get out of that league as soon as possible,” he added.

“The longer you stay in the Championship the more difficult it’s to get out because the financial rewards get less and less from the parachute payments and that means you have to play catch up more and more.

“I think for us next year it’s vital for us to have a real go in terms of going to the Premier League.”

The trip to Griffin Park to face his former club on the last day of the season gives added nerves to Rosler who joked he would have liked to have avoided the Bees full-stop.

“If I had the choice, I would have avoided playing them this season!” Rosler said. “Obviously you have to deal with what is put in front of you and that will be Brentford at some point or another.”

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