Here are Monday 3rd February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

'Sacked' McDermott returns to Leeds United (Metro): Brian McDermott has returned to work at Leeds just three days after he was thought to be sacked.

Southend United fail in deadline day swoop for Wigan Athletic's Rob Kiernan (Southend Echo): Manager Phil Brown failed to bring Kiernan back to Roots Hall for his second loan spell this term.

Craig Davies backs Preston North End promotion bid (BBC Radio Lancashire): Preston's on-loan striker believes North End are capable of winning promotion to the Championship.

Kevin Doyle is happy with the pressure on him at Queens Park Rangers (GetWestLondon): The new QPR front man believes 'good pressure' is on him at Loftus Road, after his goal-scoring debut for the club.

Emile Sinclair has a point to prove with Northampton Town (BBC Radio Northampton): The Cobblers' new signing wants to help the club get out of the situation they're in and prove a point to the football world.

Prince Buaben: I left Carlisle United to make it to the World Cup (News & Star): Ghana midfielder Buaben has revealed he left the Cumbrians to join Partick Thistle because playing in Sky Bet League 1 was damaging his World Cup ambitions.

Ulloa backed to rediscover his goal touch (The Argus): Brighton and Hove Albion assistant head coach Nathan Jones believes striker Leo Ulloa will get back on the goal trail after six goalless games.

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne backs calls for artificial pitches (Daily Gazette): Following their weekend postponement at Peterborough United, United boss Dunne has aired his support for the use of artificial pitches in English football.

Clive Platt is the perfect hold-up man, says Bury boss David Flitcroft (Bury Times): The Shakers' manager has made it clear that 36-year-old Platt is central to his plans at the JD Stadium.

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