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

Spireites Manager Paul Cook on the touchline by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge
Spireites Manager Paul Cook on the touchline by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Dagenham and Redbridge

Can the Spireites be fully focused on football? Plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan says he is fully focused on his football now matters off the pitch have been resolved. Full story: DT

Major posers facing Nigel Clough in the build-up to the FA Cup fifth round tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday surround Michael Doyle and the striking options. Full story: TheStar

Midfielder Gary Gardner is expected to go straight into Sheffield Wednesday’s starting line-up for Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Charlton Athletic after arriving on loan from Aston Villa. Full story: TheStar

It has been anything but a smooth start to life at Hillsborough for Adedeji Oshilaja. Full story: TheStar

The fixtures are starting to pile up for Sheffied United and their followers. And they could keep piling up! Full story: TheStar

PATRICK Bamford’s step up to the Championship has not only pleased Derby County’s head coach Steve McClaren but also England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

The Rams look good for a strong assault on the league’s second position. Steve McClaren has worked nothing short of a minor miracle at Derby County since his arrival in late September, replacing now Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough. Full story: HereIsTheCity

And nationally:

www.thetimes.co.uk: John Terry’s international career will not, after all, enjoy a late, unlikely resurgence. Roy Hodgson, the England head coach, today restated that he would not consider the Chelsea captain for his World Cup squad this summer, insisting that Terry remains a former England player having left the international fold in September 2012.

www.independent.co.uk: Manchester United are prepared to spend this summer “in a way we haven’t seen in previous years” in order to address this season’s on-field problems, according to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

www.mirror.co.uk: Two Premier League games - Manchester City vs Sunderland and Everton vs Crystal Palace - had to be called off due to inclement weather.

www.dailymail.co.uk: Gerrard snatches win from the spot to put Liverpool’s title tilt back on track and spare Kolo the clown more blushes after howler.

www.telegraph.co.uk: Tottenham Hotspur are breaking from a jog into a sprint in their pursuit of the Champions League as Tim Sherwood’s reputation as a manager continues to soar following this ­comfortable win over a forlorn Newcastle United side.

www.express.co.uk: Boo’s at Emirates as Arsenal fans show displeasure at stalemate.