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.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Can Martinez save himself in FA Cup?

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Everton's abject display in the Merseyside derby defeat at Liverpool left manager Roberto Martinez fighting a growing crisis that threatens his future.

Martinez was already the subject of growing hostility from Everton's supporters before his popularity rating dipped even further after a lamentable showing in the 4-0 loss at Anfield.

Joleon Lescott

'Villa's Bolt-style dash to the drop'

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Aston Villa's inevitable relegation was confirmed after their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.

The departure of manager Remi Garde in March after 147 days in charge came after practically all hope had gone - and caretaker Eric Black's three defeats in his three matches in charge continued one of the worst Premier League seasons of all time.

Leicester fans

Can Leicester hold their nerve?

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Tottenham's point at Liverpool would have been creditable in most circumstances - but the 1-1 draw at Anfield means Leicester City will open up a seven-point advantage with only six games left if they win at home to Southampton on Sunday.

The Premier League season is now at the sharp end. Will there be any more twists before the champions-to-be edge over the finishing line?

Randy Lerner out banner

'Latest episode in a story of crisis'

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The departure of manager Remi Garde after less than five months in charge is the latest desperate episode in a story of chaos and crisis that will soon end in Aston Villa's relegation.

Garde's exit is just another piece of the wreckage piling up around Villa Park as they lie hopelessly adrift at the foot of the Premier League with 16 points from 31 games, 12 points from the safety of 17th place with only seven matches left.

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson

Rooney deserves better - Hodgson

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England manager Roy Hodgson insists captain Wayne Rooney is still a major part of his Euro 2016 plans - even though his side beat World Cup holders Germany without the striker.

Manchester United forward Rooney was sidelined by a knee injury as Hodgson's team came from two goals down to win Saturday's friendly 3-2, with the younger generation flourishing in his absence in Berlin.

Wayne Rooney

'Do England need Rooney any more?'

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Roy Hodgson was persuaded to admit that England's superb comeback to beat world champions Germany in Berlin was his finest moment as manager - but has this landmark result also claimed a high-profile victim?

England captain Wayne Rooney, out with a knee injury, swiftly tweeted his congratulations after Hodgson's side came from two goals down to win 3-2 in a friendly that will also act as a marker for their Euro 2016 aspirations this summer.

Johan Cruyff

The man who made Total Football reality

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Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was one of football's greatest and most significant figures. The proof lies in two phrases with which he will always be synonymous.

One is "Total Football" - the style epitomised by the Netherlands team, with Cruyff as the centrepiece, who reached the 1974 World Cup final under Rinus Michels before losing to West Germany.

Johan Cruyff

The man who made Total Football reality

Read full article on Johan Cruyff - The man who made Total Football reality

Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was one of football's greatest and most significant figures. The proof lies in two phrases with which he will always be synonymous.

One is "Total Football" - the style epitomised by the Netherlands team, with Cruyff as the centrepiece, who reached the 1974 World Cup final under Rinus Michels before losing to West Germany.

Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini

'City in decline long before Guardiola'

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When Manchester City announced that Pep Guardiola - the world's most coveted and celebrated manager - would succeed Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, there was not a cloud on the club's horizon.

City had effectively been building a home waiting for Guardiola to move in and the man any club in the world would want in charge was finally ready to take up residence after leaving Bayern Munich.

Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal

'Klopp exposes Man Utd identity crisis'

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal headed in opposite directions as soon as the final whistle sounded at Old Trafford.

Once the usual formalities were complete after the 1-1 draw that sent Liverpool into the last eight of the Europa League with a 3-1 aggregate win over United, Klopp went to salute the travelling fans as Van Gaal strode towards the tunnel at the Stretford End.