Barry Bannan has no relegation clause in Sheffield Wednesday contract

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY captain Barry Bannan has revealed there is no relegation clause allowing him to leave the Owls if the club go down - and has stressed that wants to stay at the club regardless of what happens at the end of the season.

Barry Bannan.
Barry Bannan.

Wednesday’s Championship fates are on a knife-edge and if they lose Saturday’s home game with Nottingham Forest they will be relegated to the third tier for the third time since 2000.

Bannan said: “I have signed a two-year deal and I signed that when we were in the bottom three, so let’s see what happens. That will be down to the chairman and the people to decide at the club as well if the worst does happen.

“But I am really thinking about that, to be honest. I am just thinking about the positive side and keeping this team in this league and still being here next season in the Championship.

“My goal is to keep the team in the league and stay for my two years. If we get relegated, that will be down to the club to decide how they deal with things going forward next season.

“I have signed for two years and want to honour these two years, whether I am allowed or whatever happens, happens. We’ll see.

“But my main goal is to win the next two games, keep the team in the Championship and still be here next season be leading the team next year.”

Wednesday take the field on Saturday lunch-time before fourth-from-bottom Derby visit Swansea.

As it stands, with two games to go, the Rams - the side just outside of the relegation zone - have a four-point lead over Wednesday, with the teams meeting on the final day in a potentially huge relegation ‘cup final’ at Pride Park.

The other side just above the second-from-bottom Owls on goal difference are Rotherham - who have a game in hand at Luton next Tuesday. They host Blackburn on Saturday.

For Wednesday to stay up, they are most likely going to have to win their final two games and hope results go their way elsewhere.

Bannan added: “It has been a hard season, starting off with the points deduction right at the start when we were up against it.

“But we have still get two games left and are still in it. We don’t be here, but are here and we have basically got two cup finals - a semi-final and a final coming up. That is the way we have got to look at it really and not really worry about anybody else.

“We have got to do our job, first and foremost and hopefully the Gods will be looking down on us and give us the right results elsewhere. But if we don’t get the result we need on Saturday, then it is probably done.”