Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

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 France, 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 has been included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Phil Foden with Pep Guardiola

'Foden offers glimpse into Man City future'

Read full article on Man City win Carabao Cup final: Phil Foden offers glimpse into life without David Silva

Manchester City will move into a new era when the great David Silva ends a glorious decade of success at the end of this season and at Wembley on Sunday Phil Foden offered a glimpse into what the changing of the guard will offer.

The noise of excitement around the 19-year-old has been a constant soundtrack to his progress ever since he was named player of the tournament when England won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.

Chelsea's Jorginho

Chelsea 'brutally exposed' in Champions League

Read full article on Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich: Frank Lampard's side 'brutally exposed' in Champions League

Chelsea may just be clinging on to a place in the Premier League's top four despite the handicap of their summer transfer ban - but step into the rarefied atmosphere of the Champions League and they are brutally exposed.

And how they had their flaws shown up in the most emphatic fashion as they were taken apart far more emphatically by Bayern Munich than the 3-0 scoreline suggests in a Champions League last-16 first-leg tie that concluded in funereal silence at Stamford Bridge.

David Moyes

'Moyes must back up his words with wins'

Read full article on Liverpool 3-2 West Ham: David Moyes needs to get his side to repeat this effort on a regular basis

West Ham United are a club riddled with discontent off the field - the black balloons of protest and the banners criticising the ownership being brandished at Anfield provided hard evidence of the anger - but there were signs of life on it.

Manager David Moyes wore a familiar pained expression at the final whistle. It was the 16th time he has disappeared down the tunnel here without the win over Liverpool he craves.

Frank Lampard celebrates Chelsea's win over Spurs

'Exuberant Lampard lifts the pressure with bold win over joyless Spurs'

Read full article on Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham: Lampard answers first serious questions of Stamford Bridge reign

Frank Lampard faced pressure, the first serious questions of his time as Chelsea manager and the sledgehammer subtlety of Jose Mourinho's mind games - so it was no surprise he celebrated victory over Tottenham so exuberantly.

Lampard also survived the latest VAR shambles, more of which later, to fashion a 2-1 win that restores stability to a listing Chelsea and puts them back in control of their destiny in the fight for top-four places.

Jose Mourinho

'Mourinho's Chelsea return loaded with sub-plots'

Read full article on Chelsea v Tottenham: Jose Mourinho's return loaded with sub-plots

When Frank Lampard meets his old mentor Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the stage will be overloaded with sub-plots.

Chelsea manager Lampard is suddenly struggling to maintain a place in the top four after one win in six Premier League games, and they were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United on Monday.


Can 'stodgy, negative' Spurs summon another European miracle?

Read full article on 'Stodgy, negative' Spurs lose to RB Leipzig 1-0 in Champions League

Tottenham Hotspur are no strangers to Champions League miracles after the exploits in Amsterdam that took them to last season's final - now they need another one to overcome RB Leipzig in this last-16 tie.

Jose Mourinho colourfully claimed Son Heung-min's broken arm had left them weakened and like a man clinging perilously to a fourth-floor balcony by his fingertips.

Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer celebrates

‘Man Utd right in race for top four - somehow’

Read full article on 'Man Utd's 2-0 win over Chelsea puts them right in chase for top four’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's trip to Chelsea on Monday began with a familiar voice ringing in his ears as Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola delivered another stinging rebuke in his direction about the French midfielder's future.

The Pogba saga has been a permanent backdrop to Solskjaer's Old Trafford reign - so it will have made a vital victory at Stamford Bridge even sweeter as it pushed football back to the top of his and Manchester United's agenda.

Jack Grealish

'Time for Grealish to make England breakthrough'

Read full article on Jack Grealish: 'Aston Villa playmaker should be in next England squad'

Jack Grealish was the central figure in a battle of loyalties between the Republic of Ireland and England before finally settling on his international future - now is the time for Gareth Southgate to give him the chance to show what all the fuss was about.

It was as far back as September 2015 when Grealish confirmed he wanted to represent England and since then a number of factors, including dropping into the Championship with Aston Villa, have kept him on the margins of Southgate's plans.

Mo Salah celebrates

'Liverpool celebrations symbolic & moment of release'

Read full article on 'Liverpool celebrations after beating Man Utd symbolic & moment of release'

The growing certainty that the pain of 30 years without a league title will be relieved within weeks is something Liverpool have clearly been trying to keep a lid on - but the explosion of joy around Anfield in the closing seconds of victory over Manchester United sounded like the moment of release.

The Premier League title race has been over for weeks, no matter how many words of caution came out of Liverpool or how many messages of defiance came from the direction of Manchester City and Leicester City.

David Moyes

'Moyes has point to prove after West Ham climbdown'

Read full article on David Moyes: West Ham boss has point to prove after club climbdown

David Moyes returns to West Ham announcing "it feels great to be home" - although his previous time in residence encompassed only six months and 31 games.

The 56-year-old Scot is back at the club on an 18-month contract with a point to prove and a large helping of humble pie being served up in the West Ham boardroom.