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.

Transfer targets

The summer's top 25 transfer targets

Read full article on Transfer window: Twenty five players who could be on the move

The transfer window is open and the Premier League's top clubs are reporting back for pre-season training - but plenty of expensive new additions will be joining them before the action kicks off in August.

Who are the top transfer targets likely to be - and who will be spending big money on them?

Who can replace Pearson at Leicester?

Read full article on Leicester City: Who will succeed Nigel Pearson as manager?

Nigel Pearson's future as Leicester City manager seemed assured after he guided them to safety from what looked looked like certain Premier League relegation.

A run of seven wins and one draw from the Foxes' last nine games swept away the turbulence of a season that saw Pearson row with a Leicester fan in the home loss to Liverpool, throttle Crystal Palace's James McArthur after a touchline collision and infamously describe a journalist as "an ostrich" after a home defeat by Chelsea.

A landscape transformed forever?

Read full article on Women's World Cup: Will England run bring lasting change?

England captain Steph Houghton described the World Cup semi-final against Japan in Edmonton as the biggest game in the history of the nation's women's team - but has the past fortnight already altered the landscape of the sport forever?

As England's Lionesses have made their way through the tournament in Canada, from the disappointment of the opening defeat against France to the drama of victory against the hosts in the quarter-final, the nation's imagination has been captured.

What next for top six this summer?

Read full article on What next for Man Utd, Liverpool, Man City and rest of top six?

The dust has settled on last season and the serious jockeying for position to be in perfect shape for the start of the next Premier League campaign is about to begin.

What will be the top priorities of last term's top six - and who will they sign and sell to ensure they come close to achieving their aspirations?

England's Euro 2016 mid-term report

Read full article on Euro 2016: Hodgson's England improving but flaws remain

England are one year on from the debacle of their World Cup campaign in Brazil and one year out from Euro 2016 in France - the midpoint in a crucial process of recovery.

Qualification for France looks little more than a formality from a favourable group that offered England and manager Roy Hodgson the perfect rehabilitation period after their embarrassing early retreat from South America at the group stage.

'McClaren under unique pressure'

Read full article on Steve McClaren under more pressure than most at Newcastle

Steve McClaren's brave new world at Newcastle United was tinged with acrimony even before he had completed his first day on Tyneside.

Instead of outlining his route map to success for the Toon Army to everyone, McClaren was only allowed to speak to the Daily Mirror and Sky - providing a sideshow on what should have been a showpiece day for Newcastle United.

Is this the greatest Barcelona team?

Read full article on Champions League Final: Barcelona carve a place in history

As Gerard Pique took a pair of scissors to the net at one end of Berlin's Olympic Stadium and Luis Suarez made a call on his mobile phone, Barcelona were celebrating a fresh chapter in their Champions League history.

Pique and his Colombian singing superstar partner Shakira will take home the net struck by Suarez and Neymar in the 3-1 win against Juventus as a keepsake - Barcelona have the greater prize of a third Champions League triumph in six years and fifth tournament victory.

What next for football after Blatter?

Read full article on Sepp Blatter: What next for football after Fifa chief's resignation?

Sepp Blatter's resignation as Fifa president just days after his re-election to the most powerful job in world football is a seismic moment.

The 79-year-old has wielded power for 17 years but will leave with Fifa mired in a corruption scandal and a criminal investigation into the allocation of the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

Premier League next for Arsenal?

Read full article on FA Cup final: Can Arsenal take the next step?

Arsenal's players and manager Arsene Wenger had barely started their FA Cup final victory celebrations when the focus turned to next season.

The Gunners had retained the FA Cup after a 4-0 win over Aston Villa with a performance at Wembley that was as consummate, impressive and as dominant as that emphatic scoreline suggests.

Premier League end of season review

Read full article on Premier League 2014-15: End of season review

Chelsea won the Premier League with three games to spare, while Burnley, QPR and Hull were relegated into the Championship.

But which of those outcomes did I predict when I previewed the Premier League season in August?