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.

Claudio Ranieri

Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?

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When Claudio Ranieri - surrounded by his triumphant Leicester City squad - lifted the Premier League trophy at the King Power Stadium on 7 May last year, it concluded arguably the greatest story in British sport.

The Italian's first season in charge, following an appointment greeted with a wave of indifference, ended with a success that defied history, logic, the odds and the game's natural financial order, as he turned a Leicester team that narrowly avoided relegation into champions.

Sergio Aguero

'Man City need Aguero now more than ever'

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Manchester City's heady mix of fantasy football and flawed defending was on display for all to see in the thrilling Champions League victory over Monaco at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola's side were irresistible going forward and an open door at the back as they secured a 5-3 first-leg win in the last 16, the highest-scoring game at this stage of the tournament's 25-year history.

Jurgen Klopp

What is going wrong for Liverpool?

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Liverpool's nightmare January reached rock bottom as they were dumped out of the FA Cup in the fourth round by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side have won only one game out of eight since the turn of the year - an unconvincing third-round replay win at League Two Plymouth - and the loss at home to a team lying 18th in the Championship leaves Liverpool's season at a tipping point.

Pedro, Claudio Bravo and Harry Kane

How Premier League top six is shaping up

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Chelsea's Premier League title rivals thought the door had been pushed ajar after a run on 13 straight wins ended at Tottenham and the new harmony under manager Antonio Conte was disturbed by Diego Costa.

The title pacesetters would always be able to recover from a bad result - but how would they cope with the exclusion of their firebrand top scorer after a training ground bust-up and suggestions of interest from China?

Graham Taylor

'An outstanding manager and one of the nicest men in the game'

Read full article on Graham Taylor obituary: Ex-England boss a fount of knowledge and a true gentleman

Graham Taylor will be remembered by many for his unfulfilling spell in charge of England - but by plenty more as an outstanding club manager at Watford and Aston Villa and one of the nicest, most genuine men in the game.

The reaction to Taylor's death on Thursday at the age of 72, and the affection expressed for him, was the true measure of his standing inside and outside football.

Sam Allardyce

Why Allardyce is perfect for Palace

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Sam Allardyce is back in football at Crystal Palace - after his dramatic rise and fall in 67 days and one game as England manager he has returned in the familiar role of firefighter at Selhurst Park.

The 62-year-old's reputation was heavily damaged after he left his dream job with England in September after being caught up in a newspaper sting speaking about how to "get around" rules on player transfers and using his role to negotiate a deal worth £400,000 to represent a Far East firm.

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?

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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.