Sammy McIlroy leaves Morecambe

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MORECAMBE FC have confirmed that manager Sammy McIlroy has left the club by mutual consent.

The Shrimps finished a disappointing season in 20th position, just four points clear of the relegation zone.

There have been rumblings of discontent at the club for months over disappointing performances this season.

McIlroy who has been Shrimps manager since 2006, has also been under the microscope for some of his transfers and loan deals this season.

In a club statement, chairman Peter McGuigan said: “Morecambe FC today announced that manager Sammy McIlroy and assistant manager Mark Lillis are to leave the club by mutual consent.

“The Board would like to record its sincere thanks for the hard work and commitment shown by both of them over the past five years.

“Sammy and Mark steered the club into the Football League and led us to a play-off spot last season which was a fantastic achievement.

“This season has been disappointing but everyone at the club will always recognise the fantastic contribution they both made to its success and we thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”

Mr McGuigan also said that McIlroy and Lillis would be guests of honour at the club’s pre-season friendly against Manchester United in August where fans could get the chance to say goodbye to them.

In the statement, McIlroy said: “I have had a fantastic time at Morecambe and have a wonderful relationship with the chairman.

“We spoke about a new deal but I just thought it was better for me and for the club that I looked for a new challenge and the club brought in a fresh face.

“I am delighted that I was able to lead the club into the Football League along with Mark Lillis and will always have great memories from my time there.”

Assistant boss Mark Lillis added: “To have been the coach of a club that won promotion to the Football League is something that I will always treasure and was definitely one of the biggest achievements of my career.

“I have had a great time at Morecambe and it has been a great journey for the club and the town. I hope the club goes on to achieve even more success in the future.”

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