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Football League media talk 28/02/14

28 February 2014

Here are Friday 28th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Lucas Neill - Watford move should help boost World Cup chance (BBC Three Counties Radio): Watford defender Lucas Neill has said a desire to cement a place in Australia's World Cup squad prompted his return to English football.

Aitor Karanka yet to decide who will fill Middlesbrough's Shay Given vacancy (Gazette): Boro boss Karanka says he hasn't made his mind up who will play in goal for at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow, but there are four candidates to fill the gloves after Given's loan spell ended.

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jay Spearing can be the difference (Bolton News): Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman believes his captain can do the most damage in their Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow.

Leicester City's David Nugent so proud to have reached 50-goal mark (Leicester Mercury): Nugent has spoken of his pride at reaching half a century of goals for the Foxes, a landmark he notched last weekend.

Charlton Athletic's Duchatelet takeover an advantage (BBC London 94.9): Charlton will reap the benefits of Roland Duchatelet's takeover if they avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship, according to non-executive chairman Richard Murray.

Peterborough United CEO Bob Symns - rail seats will be safer (BBC Look East): The introduction of rail seating would improve stadium safety, the chief executive of the Sky Bet League 1 club has said.

Crawley Town players face pay cuts if they want to stay (The Argus): Crawley boss John Gregory has warned his out-of-contract players they may have to take a pay cut if they want to remain at the club next season.

Oldham Athletic's Korey Smith eyeing return (Oldham Evening Chronicle): After missing the past three Sky Bet League 1 games, boss Lee Johnson is hoping his captain can make a return this weekend.

Wolves' solid defence down to 'natural' relationship between Danny Batth and Richard Stearman (Express and Star): Danny Batth says the secret behind Wolves' rock-solid defence is his 'natural' partnership with Richard Stearman.

Aidy Boothroyd 'excited' after being appointed by the Football Association (Northampton Chronicle and Echo): The former Cobblers boss, who has also managed at Watford, has expressed his excitement about being back in football after being named as a national coach.

Portsmouth boss Richie Barker shocked by task (BBC Radio Solent): The Sky Bet League 2 manager has been shocked by how big a challenge it has been to attempt to turn things around at Fratton Park.

Trust board seeking answer within a week (Bucks Free Press): The Wycombe Wanderers Trust board want potential new owners to make their intentions for the club clear within the next seven days.

These stories have been reproduced from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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