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: 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. 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. Two Premier League games - Manchester City vs Sunderland and Everton vs Crystal Palace - had to be called off due to inclement weather. Gerrard snatches win from the spot to put Liverpool’s title tilt back on track and spare Kolo the clown more blushes after howler. 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. Boo’s at Emirates as Arsenal fans show displeasure at stalemate.