Roddy Collins was talking on Second Captains last night and for former Bohemians manager believes the former Dundalk manager is “out of his depth,”
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“When I managed against Stephen, I’d make a tactical switch and there’d be no reaction. And that came to light in the Serbia game. They made a switch at half-time, and I was forensically analysing that game, and I wrote down, ’52 minutes… 60-odd minutes… 70-odd minutes’ – nothing changed from their tactical switch that pinned us in and killed us.
“Tactically, Stephen, for me, wouldn’t be up to speed for international football. (But) He has a lot of good attributes. He’s a good man-manager, he’s a likeable person.”
“I’m not a supporter, I’m a football analyst,” the Dubliner said.
“At Derry (under Kenny), they played good football… One-dimensional, it’s only one way with Stephen and it was always 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. To see him play three at the back against Serbia and Luxembourg was a big, big surprise…
“As regards Dundalk… (It was a) Good time to be there. Good budget. Good club. They got into the European group stages.
“(But) If you gave me half the budget, I’d win a league in two years in Irish football. I’d win a Premier League in two years, I’m absolutely certain of that one. So, I don’t really give great credence to winning Premier Leagues in the League of Ireland, unless if Finn Harps won it, because they’ve nothing.
“Dundalk, who won the four leagues (under Kenny), would struggle to win League Two in England. I’ve worked in League Two in England and I’ve worked in the League of Ireland.
“To go into international football, and actually believe you can create a Dundalk at international level in a short period of time, is off the wall. Honestly.”