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.

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard

Gerrard v Lampard: Who was better?

Read full article on Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard? A question that still divides

The Premier League and English football will witness the end of an era with the close of this season as Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard - two of the outstanding and enduring figures of this generation - leave to join Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy and New York City FC.

For clubs and country, both were permanent fixtures in the nation's sporting psyche, Gerrard with Liverpool and Lampard with Chelsea - the latter's career bookended by his time at West Ham United and Manchester City.

'Little General' weeps tears of joy

Read full article on Premier League: Sunderland's Dick Advocaat weeps tears of joy

Dick Advocaat - the veteran hard man of management known as "The Little General" - was reduced to tears as Sunderland sealed survival in the Premier League.

The 67-year-old Dutchman was pushed over the edge of emotion by the sight of his long-time assistant Bert van Lingen in a similarly reduced state after the Black Cats secured the point they needed to stay up with a goalless draw at Arsenal.

'Sterling exit would not be crisis'

Read full article on Raheem Sterling: Liverpool should not be held to ransom over forward

Raheem Sterling's fragile relationship with Liverpool may be broken beyond repair when he tells manager Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave Anfield when they meet later this week.

Liverpool have always been steadfast in their determination to keep Sterling despite the 20-year-old's obvious and public reluctance to sign a new deal worth £100,000-a-week.

Expect an era of Chelsea domination?

Read full article on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea challenge: can they dominate?

When Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as Chelsea manager in June 2013, owner Roman Abramovich turned to him with one mission in mind.

And after Chelsea clinched the title following a season of Premier League domination - Mourinho's third such triumph at the club - it meant phase one had been accomplished.

'It felt like resignation letter'

Read full article on John Carver: Can Newcastle United boss keep Magpies up?

The media room at Leicester City's King Power Stadium has played host to so much pure theatre this week that is fast becoming the Premier League's very own Broadway - but it may be the place where the curtain came down on any chance John Carver had of staying at Newcastle United.

Foxes manager Nigel Pearson's description of a journalist as "an ostrich" made headlines worldwide but was settled with a handshake and a public apology in front of the cameras.

Has Rodgers' season been a failure?

Read full article on 'Brendan Rodgers' season at Liverpool is a failure'

Liverpool's defeat at Hull City erased any lingering hope that the cracks that have emerged at Anfield this season would be papered over by the consolation of Champions League qualification.

It was a year ago that captain Steven Gerrard's fateful slip against Chelsea put the skids on what was looking like a thrilling, and completely unexpected, Premier League title triumph.

How Sherwood made heroes of Villans

Read full article on Tim Sherwood: Aston Villa 'alive again' thanks to 'positive' boss

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner took a gamble on Tim Sherwood based on a five-month managerial reign at Tottenham that ended with the sack - a gamble that has been rewarded with rich dividends.

Villa's outstanding FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool at Wembley was a triumph in Sherwood's own image as they produced a performance that mixed bold, tactical ambition with resilience.

The next great managerial rivalry?

Read full article on Jose Mourinho v Louis van Gaal: Big personalities, different views

Jose Mourinho was the master against the man who was once his mentor as Chelsea moved to within two wins of the Premier League title by beating Louis van Gaal's Manchester United.

This was a meeting of the big beasts of Premier League management - two personalities with an iron-clad confidence their critics portray as arrogance.

Who should Man City keep and sell?

Read full article on Manchester City: Who should stay and who should go?

Manchester City's heavy loss to Manchester United in the derby at Old Trafford on Sunday was further evidence of the decline suffered by the reigning Premier League champions this season.

Instead of defending their title they are now thrust into a battle to ensure they remain in the top four places to secure Champions League football next season. If Liverpool beat Newcastle United at Anfield on Monday they will close to within four points.