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

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

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Arrogant joke? Twitter trouble for Spireite Ian Evatt? Plus all today’s football rumours and backpages:

Ex-Blackpool defender Ian Evatt reveals on Instagram he is ‘absolutely delighted’ to see Paul Ince sacked. Full story: Independent

Paul Ince’s sacking by Blackpool has been joyously hailed by the club’s former defender Ian Evatt and put out for all to see via his Instagram account. Full story: Metro

Former Blackpool defender Ian Evatt has taken to Instagram to reveal his delight at Paul Ince’s sacking. Full story: Mirror

Aaron Chapman could follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Ryan and Jamie Devitt by extending his stay at Chesterfield. Full story: DT

The Cobblers have requested permission from another Sky Bet League Two club to speak to their manager about the vacancy at Sixfields. Town have targeted a man currently coaching in their division as the replacement for Aidy Boothroyd, who was sacked more than a month ago. The search for Boothroyd’s successor has been a long and drawn-out one, with caretaker Andy King taking charge of the team for the past four matches. It is understood King will be in control of the side for the visit of Chesterfield to Northampton on Saturday, a match in which the hosts will bid to bridge the five-point gap between themselves and safety. Full story: NorthamptonChronicle

It will hardly come as a great surprise to Sheffield United’s legion of followers that manager Nigel Clough is keen to increase competition for places in the full-back positions. Full story: TheStar

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, will have to make one enforced change to his starting line-up for the visit of Premier League strugglers Fulham this weekend. Full story: TheStar

Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric insists he will not hurry over the appointment of a new manager despite Stuart Gray’s success. Full story: BBC

Chris Maguire will probably never know for sure why Dave Jones bought him and then mostly refused to play him. It is understood that the former Wednesday manager judged the striker was not making enough of an impact after his £200,000 arrival from Derby in the summer of 2012. Full story: SheffieldTelegraph

FROM next season, the South Stand at Derby County’s iPro Stadium will be a home supporters only area and the away fans will be moved to the South East Corner. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

Derby County’s challenge now is to stay ahead of chasing pack in play-off push, says coach Eric Steele. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally:

www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Chelsea have accepted a £37million bid for Juan Mata and immediately released the Spain international to join Manchester United to complete the most dramatic deal of the transfer window. Also: Manchester United’s revenue fell to the fourth-highest in Europe for the first time last season.

www.independent.co.uk: A dramatic day at Old Trafford saw Manchester United knocked out of the Capital One Cup semi-final 2-1 on penalties, with Sunderland going to Wembley, as the Premier League champions moved to complete the £37m signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea. Also: The creator of the ‘quenelle’ salute was arrested yesterday in France as Nicolas Anelka weighed up whether to contest his Football Association charge.

www.theguardian.co.uk: When it was all over, Gus Poyet’s players were in a victory scrum in the goalmouth and Manchester United had to reflect that, realistically, their chances of silverware might be over. Also: Juan Mata is close to completing a £40m move to Manchester United, after telling Chelsea yesterday morning that he wanted to leave and sitting out training to guard against injury.

www.thetimes.co.uk: Manchester United’s season took another turn for the worse when they crashed out of the Capital One Cup semi-final on penalties on an extraordinary night at Old Trafford. Also: Chelsea are planning a renewed attempt to sign Wayne Rooney in the summer in the belief that his expiring contract will enable them to get him on the cheap.

www.dailymirror.co.uk: Vito Mannone was the hero as Gus Poyet led Sunderland to Wembley on a night of high drama at Old Trafford. Also: Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, who are ready to open contract talks once Juan Mata’s move to Old Trafford is sealed.

www.thesun.co.uk: Manchester United are sending out an SOS to £37million Juan Mata after crashing out of the Capital One Cup. Also: Jose Mourinho wants to land Real Sociedad frontman Antoine Griezmann after flogging Juan Mata to Manchester United.

www.dailystar.co.uk: Sunderland kept their nerve to reach the Capital One Cup final after a penalty shoot-out last night. Also: Juan Mata is set to have a medical at Manchester United in the next 48 hours before sealing a £37m move from Chelsea.

www.dailyexpress.co.uk: Sunderland reached the final of the Capital One Cup last night after one of the worst penalty shootouts in history.

www.dailymail.co.uk: Gus Poyet praised his Sunderland players after they stunned David Moyes and Manchester United last night with a penalty shoot-out victory to reach the Capital One Cup final. Also: Manchester United last night agreed a club record £37million fee for Chelsea’s Juan Mata to ease the pain of their Capital One Cup KO.