The corporate world is full of mediocre people who survive by cosying up to the establishment and by doing what they are good at – spreading tales and venom! Put simply, beyond espionage at the workplace!
Why should that culture not be relevant in team sport, too?
Whether these traits cement the place of some known for their consistency in failing is not for me to say.
During my chess-playing days, as Madras Division champion and captain, I had seen the depths to which players will fall to have their way and then plot the downfall of some just so they can establish their own cliques.
G Joslin Vethakumar