Newspaper review: Tributes made to Sir Alex Ferguson


The front pages pay homage to the man who, in the words of the Times, "changed the game".

"He could have been a great leader in any field he chose," writes FA chairman-elect Greg Dyke, in a piece on the front of the Daily Telegraph. "Manchester United were lucky he chose football."

"Like the end of the world," says the Guardian, "the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson was always one of those things that it's probably best to imagine never actually happening at all".

"Farewell Fergie" says the Independent over a half-page picture of Sir Alex, waving.

"Now will he become Lord Fergie?" asks the Daily Mail.

The infamous dressing room incidents of Sir Alex's career inspire the Sun's front page, which consists simply of a picture of a hairdryer hanging from a hook.

Eton mess

The Daily Express believes the Queen's Speech with its "immigration crackdown, boost for business and help for pensioners" will mean "a better deal for decent Britons".

However, according to the Independent, the coalition is "adrift as key policies go missing".

The Daily Mirror calls it a "right old Eton mess".

The centrepiece of the speech, it says, a supposed clampdown on immigration, started unravelling before Her Majesty finished speaking.

According to the Daily Mail, it was "worthy enough" - but where, it asks, is the "big idea".

"Isn't the truth that this push-me-pull-you coalition simply can't agree which way to go? How disturbing," it says, "that we're doomed to another two years of this."

Losing fighters

According to the Times, the pressure on David Cameron over Europe has intensified with Michael Portillo and Boris Johnson both saying Britain should be ready to leave the EU.

In the Daily Telegraph, Lady Thatcher's biographer Charles Moore says she had reached the same conclusion after the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992.

However, he says "advisers had persuaded her not to say this in public since it would have allowed her opponents to drive her to the fringes of public life".

There is bleak news from Syria in the Guardian, which has been conducting interviews with commanders in the main opposition, the Free Syrian Army.

They have told the paper they are losing fighters and capabilities to an Islamist organisation which has links to al-Qaeda.

The group, Jabhat al-Nusra, is said to be emerging as the best equipped, financed and motivated force fighting the Assad regime.

The Free Syrian Army commanders say that entire units have gone over to al-Nusra.

Lunch doze

Most of us go colour blind as the years roll by, according to an item in the Daily Mail.

But researchers at the University of Liverpool say we do not notice because as receptors in our eyes fail, our brains work overtime to minimise the effect.

A cartoon by Pugh shows an elderly couple looking out into the garden.

She says to him: "We're agreed then... you call them bluebells and I'll call them daffodils."

Finally, if you wonder why you find yourself wanting to doze off after lunch the Daily Telegraph might have the answer.

It says scientists in the US suspect food with high levels of fat - such as red meat - is to blame.

On the other hand, eating a bowl of pasta or a sandwich can perk people up.

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