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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan hopes that the club can soon swap places with arch-rivals Sheffield United but given recent developments off the field in the past week, that seems increasingly unlikely to happen anytime soon.
The Owls are back in league action this weekend but return with an air of uncertainty after the club was found guilty of misconduct by the EFL over their sale of Hillsborough to chairman Dejphon Chansiri.
This incident has been well discussed over the weekend by many with football finance expert Kieran Maguire suggesting that they could receive, at the very least, a 12 point deduction.
Yet despite this, Bannan has still come out to take a swipe at the Blades. Speaking to The Star, he said:
“It’s hard to look at Sheffield United and not be a bit envious.
“It’s not nice seeing them doing well, but you’ve got to give them credit where credit’s due. Hopefully this time next year we’re the ones up there and they’re back down here.
“I wouldn’t say there’s jealousy, but it gives you that extra hunger to go out and try and get there.”
These comments are nothing short of baffling, given what is happening off the pitch in south Yorkshire.
Any hope of that actually happening is likely to diminish once Wednesday find out how severe their punishment will be, should they unsuccessfully contend it too.
If a minimum of 12 points indeed penalises them, then they will soon move from three points outside of playoff contention to just outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone.
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That would mean that the scenario Bannan wants to happen is merely a far-fetched pipedream that won’t be able to happen anytime soon.
The 29-year-old saying such things at a time like this only gives many fans across the red border more of a chance to take aim at Chansiri and the club’s failings.
He should know better as an experienced pro, ultimately.