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

Liam Cooper celebrates with fellow goalscorer Dan Gardner by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield
Liam Cooper celebrates with fellow goalscorer Dan Gardner by Tina Jenner Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield

Somebody’s amazing, somebody’s bemused and somebody might be unavailable ... plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Manager Mark Yates has been left bemused by Cheltenham’s first half defending in the game against Chesterfield. Full story: VitalCheltenham

Andy Barcham’s Pompey availability is still uncertain as he continues to wait for the birth of his first child. The Blues’ next match is at Chesterfield on Monday night, yet Barcham continues to remain a doubt. Full story: Portsmouth

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook praised the ‘amazing’ contribution of captain Ian Evatt in Tuesday night’s win over Cheltenham Town. Full story: DerbyshireTimes

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed the secret behind their improved results away from Bramall Lane. Full story: SheffieldTelegraph

Nigel Clough praised Sheffield United’s defensive solidity as his side recorded their eighth clean sheet of the season in their midweek triumph at Colchester United. Full story: TheStar

Milan Mandaric is banking on the Owls bouncing back from the double blow of losing Connor Wickham and being knocked out of the FA Cup. Full story: TheStar

Hard work is just beginning for Gary Madine as he bids to resurrect his career. Full story: TheStar

Head of football operations Chris Evans says Derby County’s expanded scouting set-up could soon “bear fruit”. Full story: BBC

JOHNNY Russell is hoping for a run in the Derby County side after a frustrating start – on a personal level – to his Rams career. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally: Liverpool are lining up an audacious bid to land Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic in a cut price transfer. Galatasaray 1 Chelsea 1: Aurélien Chedjou equalises for hosts after Fernando Torres had handed visitors early lead in Istanbul. Real Madrid obliterated Schalke in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all scoring twice. It took Felix Magath just one training session to decide the direction in which he intended to take his new Fulham side. On February 16, just two days after being announced as manager, the German boss called in his players for a surprise and short-notice Sunday morning meet-and-greet training session. The message was clear: in with the old, out with the young. Robin van Persie has added to Manchester United’s woes after lashing out at team-mates for getting in his way during the club’s disastrous Champions League defeat to Olympiacos. DAVID MOYES remains Manchester United manager despite rumours emanating from the New York Stock Exchange claiming he is set to leave by mutual consent.