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.

Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola

Answers from Conte, questions for Guardiola

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Chelsea's win at Manchester City proved to be a game of vast contrasts for opposing managers Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola.

Conte jumped into the arms of his Chelsea support staff before congratulating his triumphant players at the conclusion of an explosive 3-1 win - while City counterpart Guardiola was left to ponder the ramifications of City's first home league defeat this season and two damaging red cards for Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho.

Gareth Southgate

Southgate: Good enough for England job?

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Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as England manager after emerging successfully from a four-game audition to succeed Sam Allardyce.

The Football Association has gone in-house with the choice of England's Under-21 manager in the search for stability and success following the Euro 2016 debacle, the immediate resignation of Roy Hodgson after the last-16 defeat by Iceland and Allardyce's ill-fated 67 days in charge.

Antonio Conte

Has Conte's passion has revived Chelsea?

Read full article on Antonio Conte: How Chelsea boss has revived ex-Premier League champions

Chelsea's win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge not only restored them to the top of the Premier League, it also offered up further evidence of the impact manager Antonio Conte has as he rebuilds the club from the trauma of last season.

The Italian is picking up the fallen champions after a desperate 2015-16 campaign that saw Jose Mourinho sacked just months after winning the title - and also after some undistinguished early performances this season.

Wembley Stadium

Is 'Wembley effect' damaging Tottenham?

Read full article on Champions League: Is 'Wembley effect' damaging Tottenham in Europe?

Wembley did not feel like home to Tottenham at the end of their Champions League defeat by Bayer Leverkusen.

Spurs trooped off against a backdrop of thousands of empty red seats and the sound of jeers after a 1-0 loss left them trailing behind Monaco and the Bundesliga side in Group E, their hopes of reaching the knockout stage in serious danger.

Manchester City celebrate

'Man City have waited for nights like this'

Read full article on Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona: 'The night Pep Guardiola really arrived'

Manchester City's outstanding Champions League victory over Barcelona bore all the hallmarks of a seminal moment in the development of this club of unlimited ambition.

Barca were finally overcome at the sixth time of asking on a scintillating night at Etihad Stadium, the 3-1 victory a fair reflection of the manner in which City wrested superiority from the side that beat them 4-0 in the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.

Jose Mourinho

Is there a new Manchester United way?

Read full article on Manchester United's draw at Liverpool was 'vintage Jose Mourinho'

Jose Mourinho has played the part of killjoy at Liverpool before - and he had no hesitation in puncturing the optimism growing around Jurgen Klopp's side on his first Anfield visit as Manchester United manager.

It was in April 2014 when he oversaw Chelsea's 2-0 win at Anfield that caused Liverpool to stumble and lose the title almost on the finishing line - and he was cast in the role of villain again by The Kop on Monday.

Gareth Southgate

Why Southgate still has much to prove

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Gareth Southgate reached the midway point in his four-game tenure as England manager on a torrid night in Slovenia - still searching for the compelling evidence that will land him the full-time job.

The 46-year-old walked into a team and a Football Association in turmoil following the hasty departure of predecessor Sam Allardyce after just 67 days, one game and conduct regarded as unbecoming for his position.

Wayne Rooney

What next for dropped Rooney?

Read full article on Wayne Rooney: What next for England & Man Utd captain?

Wayne Rooney's stellar career has been a headline-grabbing story of highs and lows - but he is at his lowest ebb after being dropped by Manchester United and now England.

He was once the first name on the teamsheet on the way to collecting regular silverware for his club, becoming England's record goalscorer and being appointed captain at Old Trafford and for his country.