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Debt free status avoids fire sale

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When a club becomes debt free, as Dundee United now are, it can help to avoid fire sales of players. This means they do not have to be let go below their market value to boost cash flow.   They can also be retained longer, contributing to playing success and enhancing their value.

However, a club also needs a sustainable, long-term business model once it has wiped out the debt. This has proved a big challenge in Scottish football in recent years and Dundee United have a competitor literally just down the road.