MICHAEL Duff says it ‘felt inevitable’ that Barnsley would face his former club Cheltenham Town in the first home game of the new season.

Duff’s first competitive match at Oakwell will be on August 6 against the club he left for the Reds earlier this month.

He has now been replaced by his former coach Wade Elliott.

Duff told the Chronicle: “It felt inevitable that we would play them early on.

“Wade was one of my coaches, I brought him to the club and now he’s taken my job so it puts an extra little bit on it. But I am looking forward to it. Hopefully at least one side of the ground will clap me after the game.”