An illustration of the esteem in which his brief tenure was held may be obtained from Twitter comment asserting "David Phillips has stood down in order to spend time doing to the region what he has been doing to the city for two years". Peter Black has his own interpretation.
His local paper carries perfunctory speculation as to the leverage employed to propel him into his new undefined incarnation. Other press coverage is vaguely sceptical that Phillips is headed for better things. Given the prevailing mood of disinterest, it is apparent that obscurity beckons.
Update: A successor emerges