By Craig Scott

10th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Kalvin Phillips blasted for 'patronising' Leeds United fans as journalist says what he did should be 'banned'

Sunday People journalist Neil Moxley has slammed Kalvin Phillips for his farewell message to Leeds United fans after he left to join Manchester City.

Phillips, 26, took to Twitter on 4 July to share a long letter to the club and their fans, thanking them for their support and wishing all the best to Jesse Marsch and his now-former teammates.

Moxley, however, is fed up of seeing these kinds of messages to fans, suggesting that it’s pushed on players by media managers.

Writing in the Sunday People on 10 July (page 57), Moxley said: “It was public relations drivel – and they should never be written.

“Not Kalvin Phillips. Good luck to him – but these football ‘Dear Johns’ should be banned.

“They are patronising, condescending twaddle, penned by middlemen who think the average punter is dim.

“The trouble is we know the game even if they don’t – because football followers have become conditioned to this over the years.”

Moxley went on to mention how much more money Phillips is being offered by Man City and compared his move to the Etihad to Jack Grealish’s from Aston Villa last year.

He added: “Ultimately, Phillips turned his back on Leeds. He decided he was better off elsewhere. So, too, did Grealish.

“The heart of every football fan is set in stone. But the financial heart of a football most certainly isn’t.”

Ban a letter?

Is this the best way to fill pages on a newspaper?

We’ve had the Austrian GP in Formula 1 and the men’s Wimbledon tennis final on Sunday while there’s also transfer news all over the place in football with clubs beginning their pre-season fixtures.

But Moxley thought the best use of his space in the Sunday People this weekend was to moan about Phillips sending a goodbye letter to Leeds fans.


If Phillips had been at Elland Road for five minutes or he hadn’t been the most successful player for the club then Moxley might have a point.

However, Phillips has been the best player Leeds had had in a very, very long time. He won promotion with us, finished ninth in the Premier League with us, he was England’s player of the year in 2021 and played in a European Championships final.

He’s a Leeds lad through and through and if he went silently, that would have angered a lot of Leeds fans.

We cannot believe that with all the rubbish things in football these days that this is what Moxley has hit out about.

Maybe too many people have written about the alleged atrocities in Qatar ahead of the World Cup, corruption at certain organisations, sexism surrounding the Women’s World Cup and so on.

This is embarrassing, Moxley.

In other Leeds United news, this £40,000-a-week Leeds player is being hidden from pre-season footage as the club gets ready to get rid of him.