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Kenny's Euro record shows he can mix with the best says Horgan

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Daryl Horgan, who played under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Nations League match against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile

Daryl Horgan, who played under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Nations League match against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile

Daryl Horgan, who played under Stephen Kenny at Dundalk, in action for Ireland during the 2018 Nations League match against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland international Daryl Horgan insists that his former boss Stephen Kenny can deal with the "snobbery" attached to his League of Ireland background.

And Hibs winger Horgan has no doubt he will be a success at senior level.

Horgan, capped six times by Martin O'Neill, won five major honours and also starred in Europe with Dundalk under Kenny, rating Kenny as the best manager he's worked with.

"Stephen has always held the belief that, just because you are Irish doesn't mean you can't play," says Horgan.

"And I am sure he can transfer that to this job with the senior team. Maybe there is snobbery there as he's come from the league.

"We have always had that inferiority complex about the league, that it's not good enough, the people in it aren't good enough.

"But look at the players who came from that league to play at a high level - and Stephen has proved in Europe that he is good enough to manage with the best," added Horgan.

"He has to show the players that he's good enough, that's the same across football, but the other side of if that is that the players have to show Stephen that they are good enough to be there. I'd have no fears about Stephen.

"He really likes technical players, he has the job now and he will show that we have technical players who can play a brand of football that people will want to see."