Matt Doherty says Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has spoken to him about his vision for the future, with the Wolves defender convinced the new manager can unlock the team's true potential. 

Kenny officially took over from Mick McCarthy last month and immediately declared he wants to build his side on what he rates as one of the best back fours in Europe.

"When you look at the back four against Denmark, and you see Shane Duffy, John Egan, Matt Doherty and Enda Stevens playing - to me they're in the top ten back fours in Europe," he told RTÉ Sport.

"That's a definite opinion. I challenge people to (disagree with) me on that."

That's good news for Doherty, who has just ten caps to his name despite being a consistently potent threat from full-back in the Premier League with Wolves. 

He's been overlooked by Martin O'Neill and, to a lesser extent, Mick McCarthy, with both men predominantly favouring four at the back which fails to fully utilise Doherty's ability to raid up and the down th eflank as a wing-back, as he does with his club.

With Kenny coming in however, new opportunities may be about to open up.

"I spoke to him the other day and he was outlaying some of his plans and what he'd like to do," Doherty told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"It's an exciting time ahead. He's done very well wherever he's been. It's a new chapter for us. I'm looking forward to it whenever we do get back. 

"I think [he can change Ireland's style of play] just because of the way his teams have played previously, and obviously the Under-21s have been very successful.

"We do have the players. I know people might not think that because of the way the results have gone but if he can get the players that are in the squad - because the talent is there - playing with confidence, playing with freedom, then I know for a fact the results will come.

"I can see it first hand in training, I can see it when they're playing for their clubs week in week out. The talent is definitely there.

"I've only got ten caps. My international career hasn't kicked off quite as much as I'd have liked it. I'm playing in a position where we seem to have a lot of very good players. It's up to me to make sure I get in."

Doherty is currently kicking his heels waiting for the Premier League to resume.

On Friday England's top-flight clubs were told the remaining games of the 2019-20 season would have to be played at neutral venues. 

"I'm on the vote of wanting to finish the season," added the Dubliner, highlighting the fact that Wolves are still in the hunt for a top-four finish and still in the Europa League.

"I'm not doing anything else so I'm just desperate to get back. If it is in a neutral venue I don't have a problem with that. I don't think it benefits certain teams more than others. I think it will just be the same for everybody.

"I feel we're quite a bit away from getting a decision definitely on what's going to happen. At this moment in time I can't quite see how they can get it done necessarily but if they find a way I'll be all for it. 

"I've been going absolutely insane! I've two kids, two-and-a-half and one-and-a-half at home. I guess parenting is hitting me in the face at the moment.

"I'm dying to get back out there and do what I love."

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