Andy Hinchcliffe comments on Sheffield Wednesday's relegation 16 years ago

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The former Owls full-back believes Sheffield Wednesday should have stayed up.

Sheffield Wednesday are currently looking like being on their way to a play-off campaign in the Championship this spring.

If they can defeat nearest rivals Cardiff City this weekend their place in the top six should be confirmed.

This will of course give the Owls a chance of earning promotion back to the Premier League.

Wednesday were relegated from the top-flight back in the year 2000 and have since been down to the third tier in that time and this is the nearest they have got to earning their way back since their relegation.

This week former Wednesday defender Andy Hinchliffe has been discussing that relegation and clearly felt they could have stayed up.

He told Sky Sports News HQ this week (27/04/16):

“If you see some of the players we had at Sheffield Wednesday at the time it should never have happened. But how many clubs have said that.

“It’s about pulling together. If you get too many individuals thinking about themselves and what it means to them personally you have got a major problem.

“You need to stick together and pull together. We didn’t have that at Wednesday and that’s why we got relegated.

“It cost us dearly and it cost Sheffield Wednesday dearly as they haven’t been back to the Premier League since.”

The Wednesday team of the 1999-2000 season did have some very talented individual players. The likes of Wim Jonk, Gilles De Bilde and Niclas Alexandersson were all in the squad that season but they failed to survive and have fought poor finances ever since.

This year that 16-year absence could finally be ended by this current Sheffield Wednesday side. Hinchliffe will be hoping that proves the case.

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