Are we setting the bar too high with our sporting expectations?

I doubt it will compare favourably with the ‘Thrilla in Manila,’ or indeed ‘The Brawl in the Hall,’ but the news that two of the defeated Northern Ireland players indulged in a bout of fisticuffs on the plane departing Iceland just about sums up the week from an international football perspective on the island.
For Steve Staunton, the post-mortem assaults started at half-time in Dublin’s RTE studio last night and continued today; similarly, Nigel Worthington has faced the music today in the column inches. But are we being too harsh on the two highly respected former internationals who, in reality, are tasked with leading teams with relatively limited talent and depth to the heights of Summer participation in the European Championships and World Cups?

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