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.

Gary Neville, Roy Hodgson and Mercedes pit team

How F1 is shaping English football

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How long does it take a group of footballers to change the tyres on a Mercedes Formula 1 car - and what is its relevance to the next generation of British coaches and managers?

The answers to both can be found on a crisp day at St George's Park at the Football Association's £100m National Football Centre, tucked away in the Staffordshire countryside in Burton upon Trent.

How top-four race will unfold... possibly

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Chelsea strengthened their position in the Premier League title race with victory at Hull City on Sunday to stay six points clear of Manchester City with a game in hand - but the pursuit of the other places in the top four remains red hot.

Manchester United struck a telling blow with victory at Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers' side were the only ones in the top seven not to win as Arsenal, Southampton and Tottenham all picked up maximum points.

Will Gerrard sending-off cost Liverpool?

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Steven Gerrard's appearance as Liverpool's impact substitute lived up to its name - albeit for only 38 seconds - before his final Anfield meeting with Manchester United ended in ignominy.

Brazil legend Pele spent longer on the famous turf fulfilling half-time promotional duties than Liverpool's 34-year-old captain did after he was sent on to salvage a faltering performance.

Chelsea lose ugly in European exit

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has turned the trick of winning ugly into an art form - but there is no merit in losing ugly and that is exactly what his side did as Paris St-Germain deservedly dismissed them from the Champions League.

As the cards stacked up against PSG, the need for an away goal piled on top of the harsh first-half dismissal of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was the Premier League leaders who cracked under pressure, a fact acknowledged by a despairing Mourinho in the aftermath.

Can Van Gaal save Man Utd's season?

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Manchester United's high wire act this season - stumbling while flirting with danger before somehow surviving - finally ended with a painful fall as Arsenal condemned them to two seasons without success for the first time in 26 years.

United's obvious frailties have been covered by the results that took them to the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal and also into the top four in the Premier League.

'Football returns to dark ages'

Read full article on FA Cup pitch invasion: Villa Park scenes throwback 'to dark ages'

Aston Villa's season has come alive in the space of five days - electrified by the touchline presence of new manager Tim Sherwood and a re-energised Villa Park.

West Bromwich Albion were twice the victims of the Sherwood effect as Tuesday's vital Premier League win was followed by the 2-0 victory in the FA Cup quarter-final that takes Villa to Wembley for the first time in five years.

Mourinho's perfect day

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Moments from victory in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, Jose Mourinho turned to Chelsea's celebrating fans and pumped his fists in their direction - this serial winner had brought new success to Stamford Bridge.

And as the whistle sounded on a routine 2-0 win over Tottenham that was the precise Mourinho template in all respects, he picked up his mobile phone to deliver the good news to his loved ones.

Wenger under scrutiny after debacle

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Arsene Wenger - exactly like his shambolic Arsenal team - refused to mount any sort of defence after the home defeat to Monaco left them contemplating another Champions League exit in the last 16.

Wenger, normally so loyal to Arsenal's players in public, refused to defend the manner in which they were caught cold on the break twice by Monaco, particular in the dying seconds of the 3-1 loss after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal had appeared to offer a measure of damage limitation.

Suarez exposes Man City at top level

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Manchester City's match programme delivered a temptation impossible for fate to resist when it described Luis Suarez as "the dogsbody in this trio of artful dodgers" in comparison to Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The Uruguayan striker known for his bite as well as his bark demonstrated he is much more than a mongrel among pedigree champions with both goals in a 2-1 win that leaves City contemplating an identical Champions League fate to last season, when they fell to Barcelona in the last 16.

No goals & dull football - Lambert's demise

Read full article on Paul Lambert: Aston Villa had little choice but to sack manager

Aston Villa's chief executive Tom Fox claimed just two weeks ago that he struggled with "the whole false narrative" of taking the easy way out and sacking manager Paul Lambert as results threatened to fall off a cliff.

The flaw in Fox's admirable argument is that the reality of relegation - and the subsequent loss of status and the billions of pounds now pouring into the Premier League - always trumps the false narrative of endless loyalty.