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.

Liverpool closer to Premier League heaven

20 April 2014
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring for Liverpool

Liverpool stand three steps from Premier League heaven after all the qualities required to win titles were put to the test by Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Brendan Rodgers's side - it is still just too early to call them champions-elect - showed their attacking brilliance, resilience and enjoyed a little good fortune to hold out for a win that at one stage looked a formality.

Read full article, Liverpool will never forgive themselves if they fail to win title

'Martinez-charmed Everton will not welcome Moyes'

18 April 2014

When David Moyes last walked out at Goodison Park, it was to a hero's reception before a fond farewell after 11 years as Everton manager.

Moyes had been hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him at Manchester United and after a final victory on home turf against West Ham on 12 May, the old stadium resounded to the sound of good wishes and respect for the Scot.

Read full article, Manchester United v Everton: Moyes set for chilly welcome

Arsenal celebrations are a sign of the times

13 April 2014

For 20 minutes, Arsene Wenger stood on Wembley's sidelines and contemplated the result that could have brought the sky falling in on Arsenal and perhaps even his managerial reign.

Without a trophy since winning the FA Cup nine years ago, Arsenal trailed holders Wigan Athletic in this semi-final with anxiety and desperation spreading among players and supporters with every passing moment.

Read full article, FA Cup: Arsenal celebrations at beating Wigan a sign of the times

Mixed emotions as Liverpool target title

10 April 2014

As Liverpool prepares to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, manager Brendan Rodgers is using "the 96 in the sky" as inspiration to deliver the honour Anfield treasures most.

Liverpool's last league title came in 1990, a year after Hillsborough - and those who died at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest will be remembered at an emotional Anfield when the club meet Manchester City on Sunday.

Read full article, Hillsborough: Liverpool target title for '96 in the sky'

Mourinho rolls back years with touchline run

9 April 2014

This was where Jose Mourinho came in - with the re-enactment of the moment a decade ago when he first made his mark on the consciousness of English football.

All those years ago, it was a sprint along the length of Old Trafford's touchline to celebrate the scoring of a famous late Champions League goal by Francisco Costinha as underdogs Porto put out Manchester United.

Read full article, Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss rolls back the years with touchline run

'Everton played with style, power and arrogance'

6 April 2014

At what was meant to be the moment of greatest pressure for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, his only moment of serious discomfort came at the hands of one of his own players.

After Romelu Lukaku had blown the race for a place in next season's Champions League wide open with Everton's second goal, the giant striker chose to celebrate by launching into an over-enthusiastic embrace with the diminutive Spaniard.

Read full article, Everton: Champions League spot in their grasp as Arsenal falter

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