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Football League media talk 21/03/14

21 March 2014

Here are Friday 21st March's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

McDermott has high hopes for new boy (Yorkshire Evening Post):Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is confident that new signing Robbie McDaid can be a hit at Elland Road.

Sannino - suffering in hospitals means we will take nothing for granted (London Evening Standard): Guiseppe Sannino has seen terrible scenes of suffering when working in hospitals so he will tell his Watford players to take nothing in life for granted.

Riga doesn't know Solly's return date (London Evening Standard): Charlton Athletic head coach Jose Riga admits that he does not know an anticipated return date for defender Chris Solly, who has been out since January with a knee injury.

Pool close in on Earnshaw deal (Blackpool Gazette): Blackpool are closing in on a deal to sign free agent Robert Earnshaw until the end of the season and the deal could be done in time for the 32-year-old striker to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

De Laet targets Premier spot and 'golden generation' status (Leicester Mercury): Defender Ritchie De Laet wants to be a part of Belgium's 'golden generation' at international level but says he needs to earn a Premier League place with Leicester City for that to happen.

Freedman spoilt for choice (Bolton News): Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has four players back and fit for selection for tomorrow's clash with Yeovil Town.

We're up for Wednesday says Dickov (Doncaster Free Press): Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov says his players will be up for the occasion when they face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Al Hasawi will support Davies (Nottingham Post): Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has pledged to support manager Billy Davies in the Reds' bid for a Play-Off place this season - but says the Scot's position will be reviewed at the end of 2013/14.

Hughes in the frame to start for Rams (Derby Telegraph): Will Hughes, the Sky Bet Football League Young Player of the Year, is set to return from injury for Derby County and face rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Jackson out to end home misery (Shropshire Star): Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson is out to end his side's long run without a home victory when they host Bradford City on Saturday.

Dolan auditioning for longer deal (Telegraph & Argus): Matty Dolan admits that he and his Bradford City colleagues are playing to earn themselves longer contracts between now and the end of the season.

Make or break says Smith (Express & Star): Walsall are about to embark on a run of three successive home games and manager Dean Smith says the period is make or break in terms of his side's Play-Off ambitions.

McDonald relishing Blades return (Birmingham Mail): Kevin McDonald returns to his former club Sheffield United tomorrow with his current employers Wolverhampton Wanderers and he says he is relishing the prospect.

Charles aims to follow Dublin's lead (The Advertiser): Darius Charles is normally a striker but has been pushed into action at centre-half with Stevenage of late and he hopes to follow the example of Dion Dublin, whose career went in a similar direction.

Duguid to retire (BBC Sport): Stalwart defender Karl Duguid is to retire from playing with Colchester United after 475 games for the club.

Davis looks for front-men to be clinical (Stoke Sentinel): Steve Davis is looking for a clinical afternoon's work from his Crewe Alexandra players in their crucial match at Gillingham tomorrow.

Derry channels frustration with reserves (Nottingham Post): Sean Derry got his boots on again this week with an appearance for Notts County's reserves - taking out his frustrations over the Magpies' recent form.

Blades fans to cycle to Wembley (Sheffield Star): Two Sheffield United fans will cycle from Bramall Lane to Wembley for next month's FA Cup semi-final with Hull City.

McEveley - experience will benefit us (Swindon Advertiser): Jay McEveley says the experiences of 2013/14 will benefit Swindon Town's young players, wherever the Robins end up finishing in Sky Bet League 1.

Penney's Rovers return (Southend Echo): Dave Penney is now part of Southend United's coaching staff and he heads back to Bristol Rovers with his current employers on Saturday for the first time since being sacked as the West Country club's manager in 2011.

What a week for Walker (Peterlee Star): It has been quite a week for Hartlepool United's Brad Walker with the 17-year-old having been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 2 at Sunday's Football League Awards.

Blake could join Newport (Wales Online): Former Cardiff City defender Darcy Blake could join Sky Bet League 2 side Newport County on a deal until the end of the season.

Forgotten man Murray relishing derby (Mansfield Chad): Adam Murray is back in Mansfield Town's side after his career there looked to be finished earlier this season and he is looking forward to tomorrow's local derby with Chesterfield.

Morecambe boss keen to strengthen (Lancashire Evening Post): Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is keen to strengthen his defensive options with his numbers limited ahead of Saturday's game against Northampton Town.

Rovers' stadium is on track (Western Daily News): Bristol Rovers' new stadium plans are back on track after the dismissal of a legal challenge against their proposals.

Beattie will stay loyal to Stanley (Lancashire Telegraph): James Beattie is being linked to managerial positions elsewhere in Sky Bet League 2 but says he will stay loyal to Accrington Stanley.

Wilder demands improvement from Cobblers (Northampton Chronicle & Echo): Manager Chris Wilder takes his Northampton Town side to Morecambe on Saturday and says they must make a massive improvement on the performance in their 3-0 midweek home defeat to Rochdale.

Kearns in contention for Spireites (Derbyshire Times): On-loan winger Daniel Kearns is in contention for a starting spot for Chesterfield in their derby clash with local rivals Mansfield Town.

Ainsworth expects no help from Hill (Bucks Free Press): Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is expecting no favours from his old mate Keith Hill tomorrow when the Chairboys face Hill's Rochdale.

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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