Is McIlroy Morecambe’s greatest manager ever?

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WHERE would Morecambe FC be without Sammy McIlroy?

Georgina Lillis, football agent and daughter of McIlroy’s assistant Mark Lillis summed up the view of many fans shortly after the news of McIlroy’s departure was announced.

She posted on her Twitter account: “Morecambe are 91 years old, 87 of them years they were a non league team, think that says a lot for Sammy and my dad.”

Despite the discontent amongst many fans over the club’s performances this year, the club finishing a lowly 20th, compared with reaching the play-offs last season, what can never be taken away from the duo is that they took Morecambe to the promised land of the football league.

The sight of the former Northern Ireland boss falling head over heels in jubilation during the Shrimps’ Wembley play-off final win over Exeter is something Shrimps fans will never forget.

See The Visitor (11-05-11) for full story.