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 deadline-defining deals

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With the transfer deadline fast approaching, time is short for clubs to strengthen their squads before the window shuts until January.

Who are the players who will be prime targets and what are the chances of the big deals being done?

Who desperately needs to strengthen?

Read full article on Premier League: Mixed fortunes for last season's top six

Manchester City are setting the pace at the top of the Premier League with a dynamism that demonstrates a serious intent to reclaim their title from champions Chelsea.

The season is in its infancy with only three games gone - but the aims and aspirations of last season's top six will be the same now as they were at this point last season.

Redemption time for 'brilliant' Cech

Read full article on Petr Cech shows his class but Arsenal still need to strengthen

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed victory for either side at Arsenal would deliver an early psychological advantage in the battle for places in and around the top of the Premier League.

In a thriller at the Emirates that belied its goalless scoreline, Arsenal and Liverpool traded blows from first whistle to last without either being able to land the decisive shot to put down a marker against a close rival.

Where does Pedro 'snub' leave Man Utd?

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Manchester United's lengthy pursuit of Barcelona's Pedro has ended with the Spain star heading to Chelsea in a £21m deal.

The 28-year-old who has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona looked destined for Old Trafford when United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward headed out to Spain in the hope of finalising a deal.

Will Benteke give Reds 'X-factor'?

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Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry arrived at Anfield with reconstruction top of his agenda - on and off the pitch.

Boston-based Henry and Liverpool chairman Tom Werner cast their eyes over the giant steel structure rising at Anfield and a new landmark over Stanley Park as the stadium's new Main Stand takes shape.

Mourinho - deluded or distracted?

Read full article on Delusion or distraction? Jose Mourinho's awful Chelsea week

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's week from hell concluded in a fitting manner as he suffered the misery of watching his Premier League champions comprehensively dismantled by Manchester City.

The start of Chelsea's title defence has been overshadowed by the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that saw Mourinho remove medical staff Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn from their touchline roles after infuriating the manager by entering the Stamford Bridge playing surface to attend to Eden Hazard in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

Who will finish where this season?

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The phoney wars of pre-season friendlies and the Community Shield are over and the real business of the Premier League begins this weekend.

So it is once again time to dust off the crystal ball and take a guess on how the top flight will unfold over the next nine months.

The summer's top 25 transfer targets

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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?

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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.