He should have fronted the media, and said, "I don't start for another week, but felt it pertinent to come forward, and explain the club's position to all the stake holders".
That's called being proactive , and on the front foot. And it would have protected Des and DCE.
Strike one, for me.
Also, to all who disagreed here, I take comfort in the fact that you obviously have absolutely zero business acumen, experience or more importantly, public relations when it comes to advertising & managing your brand.