'Game over' for Moyes, school strike concern and farewell to Peaches in the papers

There's been no official confirmation from Manchester United but Tuesday's papers all conclude that David Moyes' time as manager is all but over after nine months in charge.

According to the Times, Manchester United's 2-0 defeat at Moyes' old club Everton - and with it probably any chance of qualifying for the lucrative Champions League - was the "final straw". The club's US owners, the Glazer family, finally lost patience with him after a "calamitous" first season, it says.

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The final curtain looked to be coming down on the David Moyes "horror show", says the Daily Mirror.

The Mirror and the Daily Mail both point out that with five years left to run on his contract, Moyes could be in line for a payout as high as £10m.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Jim White says Moyes' Manchester United career began with a fanfare as Sir Alex Ferguson's chosen successor at the start of the season but ended in an "unedifying swirl of rumour".

Moyes "seemed overwhelmed by the scale of his new workplace" and money "speaks loudest", he adds. As United faltered. the Glazers, faced with an alarming slump in the club's commercial prowess, decided to take action.

The Daily Express is among the papers to note that Old Trafford - the "Theatre of Dreams" - has been "nothing short of a nightmare" for Moyes. But he "made a tough job harder with a series of decisions that alienated players and fans," it says.

The Sun says succeeding Sir Alex was "always going to be a massive job".

It turns its attention to Moyes' potential successor, reporting that the bookies' favourite, Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal, has indicated he would be up for the job. But the Sun reckons Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti are other possibilities.

Player-coach Ryan Giggs is expected to be given temporary charge for the last four games of the season, it adds.

UPDATE: It was confirmed at about 08:30 BST on Tuesday that David Moyes had indeed been sacked, with Ryan Giggs taking over as interim manager.

Prize for all?

The announcement that teachers are to hold a national strike in England and Wales in June over pay and workload issues attracts comment.

The Guardian says the vote at the National Union of Teachers conference was accompanied by an "acrimonious debate" over the prospect of more aggressive action.

The Daily Telegraph says there was also a "series of powerful attacks" on Education Secretary Michael Gove's reform programme.

In an editorial, the Telegraph says "there is a wearisome predictability to the annual round of teachers' union conferences". It suggests grievances with education policy "should be a matter for the electorate, not the NUT".

The Times too reckons the teaching profession "lacks a credible voice in an important conversation" and the NUT is "standing in the way of progress".

Another apparent change in educational thinking concerns the Independent and Daily Mail - a survey indicating that two out of three children dislike competitive sport at school.

The survey was carried out for Marylebone Cricket Club, which is launching an initiative to teach pupils to play sport in a competitive but sporting manner.

The survey findings led to speculation that a "prizes for all" culture still holds sway in some state schools, says the Daily Mail.

The Independent appears to be disappointed by the survey's findings. "Not all competition need be aggressive and unpleasant and losing does not have to be seen as shameful," it says. "It is fun to win but it can also be fun to lose and fun simply to take part. We should celebrate the competitive spirit, not condemn it."

'Held to ransom'

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As the tensions between the Kremlin and Ukraine continue to concern the international community, the Times reports that energy ministers from the G7 nations are seeking to reduce their reliance on Russian gas.

Britain is to lead an international effort to stop Russia from using its vast natural energy supplies to hold the world to ransom, says the paper in its front page story.

Speaking before a summit next month, Energy Secretary Ed Davey says that while the UK does not receive any gas directly from Russia, disruption to supplies in Europe would push up prices domestically.

In another development in the search for new sources of power, the Times and Financial Times both report that energy companies are to be given the freedom to frack for shale gas under private land.

The move - set to be announced in the Queen's Speech in June - would see trespass laws amended. It is said to be an attempt to kickstart the fledging shale fracking industry in the UK and aimed at addressing the problem of landowners refusing permission for drilling under their land.

But the FT says it is likely to provoke a backlash from environmentalists opposed to fracking, as well as some MPs.

'Heartbreaking portrait'

The funeral of TV presenter Peaches Geldof attracts headlines - with the Guardian, Independent, Metro, Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Star all featuring a photograph of her coffin on their front pages.

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The sky-blue casket was decorated with clouds and flowers along the side and a picture of her family and much loved pets at the back, says the Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Express says the "heartbreaking" family portrait "reunited" Ms Geldof with her loved ones for a final time.

The venue for the service, St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent, has "special significance" for the family, says the Times.

The Daily Mirror also reminds its readers that the scene of "final sad farewell" for the 25-year-old, who died in unexplained circumstances on 7 April, was the same church where her parents married, and where she was christened.

And, says the paper, it was where she, too, tied the knot less than two years ago and wept at the funeral of her mother Paula Yates in 2000.

D-Day form filling

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British D-Day veterans are said to have faced a battle against time to fill in the paperwork needed to ensure they can attend the 70th anniversary commemorations of the World War Two landing in Normandy.

About 900 members of the British Normandy Veterans' Association are due to attend the events. And the Daily Telegraph notes that it will be the last big anniversary gathering to be officially marked by the association, whose youngest member is 89 and which is to disband in November.

However, the Daily Express says it is still unclear who will be approved to attend the services and functions following a last minute security decision by the French authorities to only admit people who applied for an official pass.

The Ministry of Defence told the Daily Mail it "worked closely" with the association to supply all the required information for the forms but veterans who miss the deadline can still apply directly to the French government for permission to attend.

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