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David McCreery

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Full nameDavid McCreery
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6.5 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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David McCreery (born 16 September 1957 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He mostly played in midfield, but was very versatile, and during his career played in every position bar goalkeeper. McCreery made 67 appearances for the Northern Ireland national football team, and played in the World Cup finals of 1982 Spain and 1986 Mexico. David was named in the All Star Select XI at the World Cup 1982 for his continuous high quality performances.

McCreery started his career with Manchester United, where he was a used substitute as they won the 1977 FA Cup. After scoring eight goals for the club, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers for £200,000 in 1979. In 1981, he joined Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League playing both the 1981 and 1982 summer seasons in the United States.

In 1982, he was transferred to Newcastle United where he gained promotion in the 1983-84 season, before shorter spells at Heart of Midlothian and Hartlepool United.

He would later manage Carlisle United and Hartlepool, in the English Division 2. His greatest success at these clubs came in 1993-94, when he guided Carlisle to a place in the Division Three playoffs, where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers. He then joined Hartlepool United but was unable to win promotion and resigned after one season to help set up Major League Soccer in America. Within the MLS role, McCreery worked with Bruce Arena, Dave Sarachan and Rinus Michels, coaching and then selecting suitable players to raise the profile of the MLS in its inaugural season and beyond. During the role, McCreery reported to Sunil Gulati, the current MLS commissioner.

His vast global soccer knowledge and networks led McCreery to join a US based soccer Management company, Olscher Sports. A soccer consultant and European Consultant for Boca Juniors of Argentina.

Mccreery was named Technical Director of South Asian club Magway F.C. in 2011




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