Barry Bannan gives coaching update with Sheffield Wednesday skipper set for Irish trip

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Sheffield Wednesday captain, Barry Bannan, is hoping to complete his UEFA B and A Licence by the time next season starts.

The 34-year-old is fully focused on trying to help the Owls maintain their place in the Championship this season and has put in a couple of big performances in recent matches as they fight for survival in the second tier of English football – and he’s also trying to learn from manager, Danny Röhl.

Bannan has spoken previously about his intentions to step into coaching when his playing days are over, and a desire to be involved at Wednesday in some capacity, so it’s no shock that he’s working towards achieving his coaching badges in the near future.

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Over the summer he’ll be heading out to Northern Ireland – hopefully after safety is secured – and he admits that he’ll be picking the brains of the current technical team in order to aid his coaching education.

“Obviously I’ve touched before on how I want to stay in football and manage when I’ve finished,” he said to The Star. “And this summer I’ll be finishing everything - that’ll be done in May when I do my B and A licence in Northern Ireland. Hopefully that’ll get passed, and then I can continue with the last few years of my career before I step into that.

“Danny has been great to learn from, as has Henrik (Pedersen), Sascha (Lense), Thommo and Chris Powell - they’ve been a breath of fresh air. Danny is another manager that I can take sessions from and take little parts from.

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“Every manager that I’ve had has all had good parts that I can probably use further down the line when I go into the coaching side of it, but I will be speaking to Henrik and Danny more closely about that side of things throughout this year.”

Once Bannan has his A Licence - the second highest available - he’d be eligible to manage sides in the Championship and below, however he’d need to eventually go on and get his Pro Licence if he wanted to be a full-time manager in the top flight of any European nation - or at a Champions League or Europa League club.

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