Dundee and Scottish football must learn tough lesson
So Dundee live to fight another day. It's been a day of immense relief for the Dens Park club as they get through their creditors' voluntary agreement and start the process of emerging from their second spell of administration.
Those who lost their livelihoods can be forgiven their simmering anger at their treatment, but it's the nature of football fans that, while they may sympathise with those who lost jobs, Dundee supporters' main focus will be on the fact that they still have a team to support.
The culprits who led Dundee down this path have escaped with a financial hit but have been spared the agonies of the supporters.
"Lessons will be learned" is the most abused phrase in football. But this time lessons must be learned.
A new board drawn from fans and the business community must ensure that rash, ill-thought plans, and living beyond means, never again threaten the future of the club.
A traditional old club, with 118 years of history, who once appeared in a European Cup semi-final, came within a whisker of dissapearing from the Scottish football landscape.
Dundee as a club found little sympathy among the wider football community after going into administration for a second time. Now, after their brush with exctinction, they must take a different path in the future.
They can be a force for the change that is surely coming in the brave new austere world of Scottish football.
Their experience has thrown up many interesting questions.
How has a squad scarcely big enough to fill a mini-bus managed such a long unbeaten run? How has a novice manager, Barry Smith (pictured), handled the job as to the manor born?
How has that small squad of players found a togetherness and a relaxed style of play that has ben both pleasing on the eye and effective?
What has been the key ingredient in bonding the squad so tightly with a support traditionally one of the hardest in Scotland to please?
The past is a dark and now hopefully distant place for Dundee FC.
Their place in the future is as a community club, drawing on the goodwill of their traditional support, which has rallied magnificiently to the cause.
They also, I believe, plan to engage with the female and ethnic population of the city and beyond in a way not previously attempted.
They can and must think differently and their support must back them when times get rough - as they undoubtedly will.
Spend spend spend is no longer an option. Think think think, is.
And, if the people charged with running the club in the years ahead can think in new and inventive ways, their future can be bright again.