Are the Spireites ready to ‘respect the shirt’ and perform of the TV cameras? All the latest football rumours plus today’s backpages:
The League 2 fixture between Chesterfield and Portsmouth originally scheduled to be played on Saturday March 1st will now be played on Monday March 3rd at 7-45 pm, it will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Full story: VitalFootball
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook will be hoping his side can reproduce the type of performance which saw his side dump Rochdale out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when the two sides go head to head tonight in League Two. Full story: DT
Fit-again midfielder Giles Coke can play an instrumental role in Sheffield Wednesday’s battle to retain their Championship status, according to Lee Bullen. Full story: TheStar
Development coach Lee Bullen slammed his Owls youngsters after Huddersfield Town cruised to a convincing 4-1 win in their Under-21 Professional Development League Division 2 North clash. Full story: TheStar
Sheffield United, who were last night continuing their negotiations with Livingston’s Stefan Scougall, are believed to be monitoring Middlesbrough centre-forward Luke Williams as Nigel Clough presses ahead with his overhaul of Bramall Lane’s first- team squad. Full story: TheStar
Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has ordered his team to fight fire with fire against Fulham in the FA Cup this weekend. Full story: TheStar
NOTTINGHAM Forest’s trip to face East Midlands rivals Derby County will now be shown live on television. Full story: NottinghamPost
JOHN Eustace’s booking in Derby County’s victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday took him to eight yellow cards for the season. Full story: DerbyTelegraph
www.dailyexpress.co.uk: Manchester United are already being forced to plan for the Europa League. Also: West Brom’s sponsors ended their £3 million deal with the club last night just hours before Nicolas Anelka learns whether he will be charged by the FA over his controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture.
www.dailymail.co.uk: Manchester United have been told to pay #40million for Juan Mata after the champions stepped up their interest in the Chelsea outcast. Also: Police were called to Swansea City’s training ground after defender Chico Flores allegedly picked up a brick in a furious row with team-mate Garry Monk.
www.thesun.co.uk: David Moyes has held showdown talks with Robin van Persie over the striker’s fitness. Also: West Brom battled back to gain a vital point in Pepe Mel’s first game as boss.
www.dailymirror.co.uk: Manchester United could have red faces by curtailing their glamour pre-season US tour to play in a Europa League qualifier. Also: Nicolas Anelka played for West Brom last night hours after shirt sponsor Zoopla ended their £3 million deal in disgust at his ‘quenelle’ gesture.
www.dailystar.co.uk: Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United hinges on qualifying for the Champions League. Also: Diego Lugano scored with a stunning late header to give Pepe Mel an unbeaten start as new Baggies boss last night.
www.dailytelegraph.co.uk: Chelsea were on Monday night braced for a possible bid for Juan Mata from Manchester United. Also: Anelka played for 77 minutes of Albion’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton on Monday night night and is expected to discover his fate from the FA on Tuesday morning.
www.theguardian.co.uk: Chelsea are braced to receive a club record bid from Manchester United for their unsettled attacker Juan Mata, an offer which will test the London club’s resolve to retain the Spain international despite his fringe status in the first team this season. Also: The storm surrounding Nicolas Anelka’s controversial “quenelle” goal celebration against West Ham United last month shows no sign of abating after Zoopla, the property website and principal sponsor of West Bromwich Albion, announced that it will sever all ties with the Premier League club at the end of this season.
www.independent.co.uk Nicolas Anelka will finally be charged by the Football Association on Tuesday morning over his “quenelle” gesture that has attracted controversy for its anti-Semitic connotations and will face a long-term ban if found guilty. Also: Manchester United are expected to make a bid for the out-of-favour Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata in the next two days, with Jose Mourinho having the ultimate say over whether the Spain international leaves or not.
www.thetimes.co.uk: Nicolas Anelka spearheaded the West Bromwich Albion attack against Everton last night - a selection that cost the club a £3million sponsorship deal. Also: Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are losing their battle to be fit to face Sunderland tomorrow.