Phil McNulty

Chief football writer, BBC Sport

Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer

About Phil

Phil has covered football on regional and national newspapers since... Read more about Phil McNulty the late 80s and has been BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer since July 2000.

He has covered World Cups for the BBC in Japan and South Korea, Germany and South Africa as well as European Championships in Portugal and Poland and Ukraine.

Born in Liverpool, Phil attended De La Salle Grammar School which later had England striker Wayne Rooney as its most famous ex-pupil.

Phil's main brief is covering the Premier League, England and the Champions League and he can also be heard giving his analysis on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Four and the World Service.

He was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Can Leicester handle title pressure?

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Leicester City's win at Manchester City - the most significant result so far in what is becoming a stunning story - means there is no hiding place for manager Claudio Ranieri's side.

The Foxes' richly-deserved 3-1 victory in the battle of the top two at Etihad Stadium put them five points clear at the top of the Premier League and installed them as title favourites with every bookmaker.

Is Mourinho the answer for Man Utd?

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Jose Mourinho moved a step closer to Manchester United and a Premier League return after his representatives held talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy as they line up a successor to Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal is still in position and has a contract that ends in 2017 - but United's move for Mourinho increased the likelihood the Dutchman will leave at the end of the season, with 'The Special One' succeeding his old mentor.

Are City now Manchester's top club?

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Pep Guardiola's appointment as Manchester City's next manager was widely expected - but its confirmation still carried enough weight to reverberate throughout world football.

The 45-year-old Catalan is the game's most coveted coach, a charismatic and intense personality who has achieved glittering success at Barcelona - where he won two Champions League finals against Manchester United in 2009 and 2011 - and Bayern Munich based on an artistic passing approach.

Is it the right time for Terry to go?

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John Terry's Chelsea career will end at the conclusion of this season - his revelations after the 5-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at MK Dons signalling the end of an era at Stamford Bridge.

Only four players have played more than his 477 Premier League appearances for a single club - Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard (504) and Jamie Carragher (508), and Manchester United pair Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, with 632 and 499 respectively.

Ten men who might move on Monday

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The transfer window is about to close as clubs make their final adjustments to the squads that will take them through until the end of the season.

They have until 23:00 GMT on Monday to sign up or ship out players they will count on between then and May - so who will be the big targets and will the deals go through?

England's bright young things shine

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Everton's draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park may not have brought a winner - but it will have given a warm glow to England manager Roy Hodgson.

As the year starts and the countdown to Euro 2016 begins, the young talent at Hodgson's disposal was glittering in the Merseyside deluge and brought rich praise from respective managers Roberto Martinez and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino.

Is it now or never for Wenger?

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The celebrations around the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal's players took the acclaim of their fans at the final whistle after their win against Manchester City illustrated the result's significance.

It was not simply relief at surviving a late City rally to secure a deserved 2-1 win or delight at closing the gap on surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City to two points.

What next for Pep, Jose & Van Gaal?

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Chelsea's sacking of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola's decision to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season leaves two of the world's elite managers on the open market.

And now, to add to the intrigue, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is fighting to save his job after the home loss to Norwich City left him admitting he was worried about his future after six games without a win that also saw them eliminated from the Champions League.

Fans right to turn on Chelsea players?

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Jose Mourinho may have left Chelsea after his sacking on Thursday - but the fall-out from his dismissal was littered all over Stamford Bridge during Saturday's 3-1 win against Sunderland.

Chelsea's miraculously improved performance was met with scorn and abuse from large sections of their own support, the finger being pointed firmly in the direction of players who they felt had downed tools and effectively forced Mourinho out.

Manchester man? What next for Mourinho?

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Chelsea have sacked Jose Mourinho just seven months after he brought the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge.

The 52-year-old Portuguese has had a career of almost unbroken success, including two titles in his first spell at Chelsea, Champions League wins at Porto and Inter Milan as well as La Liga glory at Real Madrid.