Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers believes that Stephen Kenny would be well suited to the international job if it ever fell his way and said that his manager always remained "true to his philosophy" no matter the opposition.

Kenny managed Dundalk to the fourth league and cup double in the club's history this season and the second under his watch. 

He has presided over the most intense period of success in the history of Dundalk FC, winning four league titles in five years, along with two FAI Cup and two League Cup victories. 

Kenny himself has won five Premier Division titles as a manager, having led Bohemians to the last league title played under the old calendar in 2002-03.

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Prior to that, he had lifted Longford Town FC from the foot of the First Division to being a stable Premier Division presence in just two seasons at the turn of the century and subsequently excelled as manager of Derry City for several years, leading them to a Cup victory in 2006. 

Several pundits, including RTÉ soccer analyst Alan Cawley, are touting him as the next Republic of Ireland manager. 

Speaking on RTÉ 2fm's Game On, Rogers admitted he found it hard to put his finger on his what set his manager apart but insisted that he always gave his teams belief in their ability to play football. 

"I think it's his philosophy of football. He gives lads the licence to go and play at the best of their ability. 

"In club football, I suppose it's different in that you're recruiting players and bringing them into your team and moulding them. 

"But his motivational skills would certainly be hugely important if he was to get an international job and I think he'd be well suited and well capable of doing the international job if it came around in the future. 

"Look, it's hard to put your finger on what it is. But whatever it is, he's certainly got it."

The Dundalk bus arrives back into town this evening

In his programme notes ahead of Dundalk's 5-0 home win against Sligo Rovers last month, Kenny sharply criticised the perception that Irish footballers were inherently suited towards a long ball game. 

"It is important to dispel the current train of thought that it's in the DNA of Irish players to play a more direct style...that somehow being Irish that you were inherently born with a skill deficit," he wrote, three days after the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 loss to Wales in the Nations League. 

Rogers points out that Kenny has always encouraged his team to play ambitious football, even against highly rated European opponents.  

"He's been true to his philosophy and beliefs on the game. When we come up against European teams - and we'd be underdogs in every European game nearly - but we go out and play the way the gaffer wants us to and challenges us to play to our potential.

"We've given good accounts of ourselves in the Europa League and Champions League campaigns over the last three or four years and against really good opposition.

"He believes in us and I think he would believe in any team he puts in the pitch."

Last season, Cork City brought an end to Dundalk's winning sequence in the league and claimed a second Cup victory in a row after a penalty shootout. 

Rogers said that the pain and frustration of those losses made those connected with Dundalk especially determined during this season. 

"Last year, when Cork won the double, it hurt us. Everyone came back that little bit more determined to wrestle those titles back. When you finally get the job done, you can probably understand the emotions that go through you.

"I think we've played better in Cup finals and lost. In Cup finals, it's about the result. 

"I think we were probably the better side in the second half. In the first half, Cork might have edged it. The most important thing is the scoreline and that's the only thing anyone will ever remember.  

"We've had better performances this year but it earned us a Cup final medal yesterday and that's all that matters."