LIAM MACKEY: Parents must curb their great expectations

When I met Paul Osam recently, there was no shortage of subjects to discuss with the man who, as a player, made an indelible mark on the League of Ireland, mainly with St Patrick’s Athletic, and who now, as Ireland U16 manager, has a crucial role to play in dispensing his football knowledge and in developing new talent.

Republic of Ireland and Tottenham striker, Troy Parrott, celebrating the win over Northern Ireland. Picture: Inpho/Presseye/William Cherry

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