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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 April 2006, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Press attack FA over Scolari move
Luiz Felipe Scolari is quizzed by reporters
Scolari does not like the media pressure which comes with the England job
The English press have criticised the Football Association following Luiz Felipe Scolari's decision not to consider the role of England coach.

The Daily Mirror labelled the whole procedure a "shambles", while the Daily Telegraph said it was "chaos".

The Sun says Steve McClaren is the new favourite for the job despite printing revelations about his private life.

Scolari said on Friday that media intrusion was one of the reasons why he had chosen to rule himself out.

The Sun - which published a story about an affair McClaren had with a secretary on its front page - said that "his fling must not be a factor in deciding whether he pips his Premiership rivals to the top job".

Their chief football writer Steven Howard labels the process of selecting a successor to outgoing coach Sven-Goran Eriksson "a totally complete and predictable shambles".

His thoughts are echoed across Saturday's papers with a string of unflattering headlines which will not please the FA.

The Sun
SOS - Sam, O'Neill, Steve all back in running
Daily Mirror
Kicked in the Brazil nuts
Daily Telegraph
Another fine mess
The Times
McClaren and Scolari leave FA fumbling for answers
Daily Express
Big Phil's KO blow
The Independent
FA in turmoil after Scolari pulls out
The Guardian
Exit Big Phil, stage right
Daily Star
Scolari - I'm still a Portugeezer
In the Daily Telegraph, Henry Winter says FA chief executive Brian Barwick resembles a "naive English tourist led on and then let down by a heartless Latin temptress".

He adds that Barwick now has to run home to "less glamorous, but more faithful suitors".

McClaren has re-emerged as favourite for the job, but Times correspondent Matt Dickinson warns of more twists ahead and tells potential gamblers: "Do not put a penny yet on any of the candidates".

The Daily Star warns that those who appeared to have been initially overlooked for the post - McClaren, Martin O'Neill and Sam Allardyce - may not react kindly to being offered the job now when they would be second choice.

"Bungling FA go back to Brit rejects," they say on their back page.

The Daily Express has the final word, invoking the spirit of Old Blue Eyes to sum up the situation.

"As Frank Sinatra might have sung (if he'd been around now and keen on British football): 'Scolari, oh no; Scorlari, oh no no no."

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