Samuel Baxter "Sammy" McIlroy (born 2 August 1954) is a Northern Irish former international footballer whose clubs included Manchester United. After playing, he managed several English football teams and the Northern Ireland national team. He is currently the manager of Football League Two side Morecambe.
In 1982, he was sold to Stoke City, where he played the next four seasons. McIlroy went on to play at Örgryte IS in Sweden in 1986, Manchester City in 1986-87, Bury from 1987 to 1990 and Preston North End in 1989/90.
As a player for the Northern Ireland national team McIlroy won 88 caps and scored 5 goals. He played in all of the country's matches during both the 1982 World Cup, where Northern Ireland defeated the host nation Spain and advanced to the second round, and the 1986 World Cup in which he captained the team.
On November 17 2005 he took over as caretaker manager of Conference side Morecambe, stepping in for incumbent manager Jim Harvey who had suffered a heart attack. Having guided Morecambe into the Conference play-offs—where they lost 3–4 on aggregate to Hereford United—McIlroy was appointed permanent manager in May 2006. In his first full season, Morecambe again reached they play-offs where they defeat Exeter City to win promotion in one of the first games played at the new Wembley Stadium.
|Northern Ireland||February 23 2000||October 15 2003||28||4||17||7||14.28|
|Stockport County||October 16 2003||November 25 2004||58||14||26||18||24.13|
|Morecambe||1 May 2006||Present||94||45||25||24||47.87|