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Press question Clarke's survival
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The political survival of the Home Secretary dominates many of the papers, while later editions discuss Luiz Felipe Scolari's decision to turn down the top job in English football.

There's broad agreement that Home Secretary Charles Clarke is - in the words of the Sun - hanging on to his job by the tips of his fingernails.

His admission that at least five of the foreign prisoners freed from jail have committed further offences makes his position precarious says the Daily Mirror.

He's using up his last vestiges of political credit, the Independent says.

Newspaper 'deal'

The Guardian says the screw is turning, the Daily Express reckons he looks doomed and the Daily Mail says he is pushed to the edge.

What of another cabinet minister in trouble, John Prescott? The Sun reports that the deputy prime minister is on the brink of resignation.

It comes with revelations his former lover Tracey Temple kept diaries of their liaison and is selling her story.

According to the Times, she has signed to publicist Max Clifford, with more damaging material likely after reports of a deal with the Mail On Sunday.


In later editions, papers debate the other "top job" - in English football.

A disbelieving Mirror asks whether anyone has ever turned down the role of England manager, as Luiz Felipe Scolari has now done.

"Oh dear, how embarrassing", the Sun declares. A humiliation, says the Mail.

There's no shortage of the use of the words "farce", "shambles" and "chaos" in the back and front pages to describe the hunt for a new England coach.

Mr Scolari's decision will be seen to have made a laughing stock of the selection process, the Times believes.

Tradition 'errors'

According to the Express, the FA is now looking for an English candidate who would be far more familiar with the media pressure in this country.

Finally, it seems the Home Office is in more hot water - this time with historians.

A handbook giving immigrants an insight into Britain's history, traditions and customs, the Mail complains, is riddled with glaring errors.

The Telegraph says the manual provides a version of key events that "few historians would recognise".

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