Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

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 France, 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 has been included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

'Why the FA should wait for Wenger'

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Sam Allardyce's departure after 67 days and one game as England manager has left the Football Association sifting through the fall-out before starting the search for his successor.

The FA chose the English option in the 61-year-old as successor to Roy Hodgson after the fiasco of Euro 2016 - with disastrous results.

Wayne Rooney, Sam Allardyce and Harry Kane

FA had to be strong and let Allardyce go

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Sam Allardyce's elation at being appointed England manager - the job he had wanted and unashamedly craved throughout his career - was unconfined. The joy lasted 67 days until his departure.

As he sat in the July sunshine waiting to deliver his first message to England's fans as Roy Hodgson's successor after failure at Euro 2016, Allardyce said: "I can't stop smiling because I've got this job."

James Milner

Arsenal & Liverpool excel, Rooney outcast

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Manchester City's flawless start to the Premier League season continued with a sixth successive victory at Swansea City - but the pursuing pack also made an impressive case for their title credentials.

Tottenham remain unbeaten in second place after winning at Middlesbrough while Arsenal and Liverpool dismantled Chelsea and Hull City. Manchester United, without dropped Wayne Rooney, thrashed champions Leicester City after two successive league defeats.

Pep Guardiola

Man City put Man Utd in their place

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Pep Guardiola delivered the first meaningful blow in a rivalry with Jose Mourinho that will become a central part of the Premier League's narrative as Manchester City recorded a well-merited win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The pair's history of animosity with Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain's La Liga meant their first Premier League meeting since assuming control on either side of Manchester provided a colourful backdrop to the build-up to this derby.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Tearful Ronaldo becomes true great

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Cristiano Ronaldo wept tears of despair then tears of joy as the Euro 2016 final took him on an emotional journey from his lowest low to the high of lifting Portugal's first major trophy.

The 31-year-old Real Madrid superstar carried his country's hopes into the final against hosts France in Paris not only as Portugal's captain but also the player who posed the greatest threat to Didier Deschamps' side.

Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor

A step too far - but what a journey for Wales

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Wales found the Euro 2016 semi-final with Portugal a step too far on this magnificent and unforgettable journey through France - but what memories they will take away with them when they leave their Brittany headquarters.

Chris Coleman and his Wales players will return home from Dinard as national heroes after a tournament that has written their names into the history of Welsh football forever.

Antonio Conte

What can Chelsea expect from Conte?

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Antonio Conte's final words in public as Italy coach were a description of his new job at Chelsea as "this great adventure".

The 46-year-old will arrive at Stamford Bridge after taking a week off to ease the disappointment of the defeat by Germany on penalties in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in Bordeaux.

England's Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford

Who should follow Hodgson out of England?

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England's players left their Chantilly base on Tuesday after the humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland with the inquest under way into yet another dismal failure at a major tournament.

Manager Roy Hodgson resigned minutes after the 2-1 last-16 loss and was very reluctantly undergoing his final media duties in charge of England as the embarrassed squad prepared to depart France.

England's Harry Kane

'England out as sporting embarrassment'

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England will leave France to sift through the wreckage of one of the most humiliating defeats in the country's sporting history.

The 2-1 loss to Iceland, ranked 34th in the world and with a population of just 330,000, in the last 16 of Euro 2016 stands alongside the 1-0 defeat by the United States in the 1950 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as the darkest moment in England's football history.