THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

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Is Spireites manager Paul Cook spoilt for choice this weekend? Here’s a round-up of today’s top rumours and backpage stories:

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is almost spoilt for choice for his side’s trip to Southend United on Saturday.

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Jimmy Ryan has ended speculation around his own future by signing a one year contract extension at Chesterfield. Full story: DT

THERE’S certainly plenty to be thinking about ahead of this Saturday’s game against Chesterfield but the way things stand at the moment I think I will be moving Ryan Leonard back in to the midfield. Full story: SunderlandEcho

Nigel Clough has warned reputations count for nothing in the battle for first team places at Bramall Lane after admitting Sheffield United must fight their way towards League One survival. Full story: TheStar

Sheffield United could ressurect their interest in Aidy White after the Leeds defender’s loan spell at Bramall Lane was cut short by injury. Full story: SheffieldTelegraph

There are some footballers who welcome media attention. Kieran Lee isn’t one of them. The local press have made several interview requests to Sheffield Wednesday since the turn of the year asking to speak the midfielder only to discover he is a hard person to pin down.

Full story: TheStar

It’s a question that Stuart Gray must surely be asking himself; what more does he need to do to be offered the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s job? Full story: TheStar

TWO games in less than a week presented Derby County with the ultimate test of their credentials as an aspiring Premier League team. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

MASON Bennett is starting to show what he can bring to Derby County’s team, says first-team coach Paul Simpson. Full story: BurtonMail

Martin McIntosh insists Buxton are desperate to stop the rot when they resume league action on Saturday. Full story: DT

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STRIKER Conor Sammon is still a big part of Derby County’s plans, says first-team coach Paul Simpson. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally:

www.thesun.co.uk: Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is today expected to announce he plans to quit St Mary’s following the shock resignation of club supremo Nicola Cortese. Also: The Beast scored twice for Manchester City last night - and Sergio Aguero added a beauty.

www.dailymail.co.uk: Southampton are in meltdown after executive chairman Nicola Cortese quit the club last night amid a bitter dispute with owner Katharina Liebherr. Also: Sergio Aguero took less than a minute to return to goalscoring action as Manchester City moved within one strike of 100 for the season with a thumping FA Cup third-round replay demolition of Blackburn last night.

www.dailymirror.co.uk: Mauricio Pochettino is set to quit Southampton after the club went into meltdown last night. Also: Sergio Aguero made a sensational return to Manchester City with a goal inside a minute on his comeback.

www.dailyexpress.co.uk: Southampton were plunged into turmoil last night by the departure of Nicola Cortese - despite owner Katharina Liebherr receiving his resignation letter three months ago. Also: Sergio Aguero scored after just 15 seconds of his comeback last night following four weeks out with a calf injury.

www.dailystar.co.uk: Southampton were plunged into chaos last night after chairman Nicola Cortese quit. Also: Chelsea have made a £21m bid for Saints ace Luke Shaw.

www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing for a bidding war over Luke Shaw after Southampton were plunged into crisis last night over the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese. Also: West Ham United have warned Ravel Morrison that they will not drop their tough stance over his future after reporting Fulham to the Premier league for allegedly making illegal approaches for the midfielder.

www.thetimes.co.uk: Southampton fear that they could lose Mauricio Pochettino and several key players after Nicola Cortese, the club’s executive chairman, resigned last night at the end of a dramatic day.

www.theguardian.co.uk: Southampton were a club coming apart at the seams last night after the executive chairman, Nicola Cortese, quit and left the owner desperately trying to convince the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, not to follow suit before Saturday’s visit to Sunderland. Also: Chelsea have bolstered their Premier League title challenge by completing the eye-catching signing of Nemanja Matic from Benfica, with the Serbia midfielder’s 25million euros (£20.75m) arrival the most expensive outlay by a British club in the transfer window thus far.

www.theindependent.co.uk: It was not the first time that Ravel Morrison found himself at the centre of controversy in his young career but in the case of the Fulham tapping-up row, the West Ham midfielder can say at least that this one is not a mess of his own making. Also: The prospect of Mauricio Pochettino staying on as Southampton manager is in doubt after executive chairman Nicola Cortese’s departure was confirmed.