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.

Arsenal celebrations are a sign of the times

13 April 2014

For 20 minutes, Arsene Wenger stood on Wembley's sidelines and contemplated the result that could have brought the sky falling in on Arsenal and perhaps even his managerial reign.

Without a trophy since winning the FA Cup nine years ago, Arsenal trailed holders Wigan Athletic in this semi-final with anxiety and desperation spreading among players and supporters with every passing moment.

Read full article, FA Cup: Arsenal celebrations at beating Wigan a sign of the times

Mixed emotions as Liverpool target title

10 April 2014

As Liverpool prepares to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough, manager Brendan Rodgers is using "the 96 in the sky" as inspiration to deliver the honour Anfield treasures most.

Liverpool's last league title came in 1990, a year after Hillsborough - and those who died at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest will be remembered at an emotional Anfield when the club meet Manchester City on Sunday.

Read full article, Hillsborough: Liverpool target title for '96 in the sky'

Mourinho rolls back years with touchline run

9 April 2014

This was where Jose Mourinho came in - with the re-enactment of the moment a decade ago when he first made his mark on the consciousness of English football.

All those years ago, it was a sprint along the length of Old Trafford's touchline to celebrate the scoring of a famous late Champions League goal by Francisco Costinha as underdogs Porto put out Manchester United.

Read full article, Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss rolls back the years with touchline run

'Everton played with style, power and arrogance'

6 April 2014

At what was meant to be the moment of greatest pressure for Everton manager Roberto Martinez, his only moment of serious discomfort came at the hands of one of his own players.

After Romelu Lukaku had blown the race for a place in next season's Champions League wide open with Everton's second goal, the giant striker chose to celebrate by launching into an over-enthusiastic embrace with the diminutive Spaniard.

Read full article, Everton: Champions League spot in their grasp as Arsenal falter

'He has a knack of making people feel special'

5 April 2014

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was given an instant insight into the confidence and positive mind-set of the man he chose to replace David Moyes on his first meeting with Roberto Martinez.

After appointing the 40-year-old Catalan to succeed Manchester United-bound Moyes after 11 years at Goodison Park, Kenwright revealed: "Almost his first words to me were 'I'll get you into the Champions League'."

Read full article, Roberto Martinez: Everton boss faces Arsenal date with destiny

Manchester United display restores lost pride

2 April 2014

Manchester United's reduced status at home and abroad was reflected in the portrayal of a battling draw with Champions League holders Bayern Munich as almost a moral victory.

No matter that Bastian Schweinsteiger's away goal in this quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford means Bayern hold the advantage when they meet United again in the Allianz Arena next Wednesday.

Read full article, Manchester United: Bayern Munich display restores pride

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