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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 August, 2004, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Dundee to enter new era
Nacho Novo
Dundee sold Nacho Novo to Rangers to improve finances
Dundee will formally end nine months in administration on Friday, with the local population being thanked for their role in saving the club.

Administrator Tom Burton said: "No-one should underestimate the role played by the supporters and the community.

"But they need to demonstrate loyalty again by buying season tickets.

"Tomorrow's events are a further milestone for the club and remove any remaining uncertainty over its immediate future."

Burton will lodge papers with the Court of Session and Companies House to formally end the administration of the club.

His Ernst & Young team have been at Dens Park since November, when 25 out of 70 full-time members of staff were sacked by the club as cost-cutting measures were put in place.

The football club can now look forward with confidence
Administrator Tom Burton
High earners, such as Fabrizio Ravanelli, Craig Burley, Fabian Caballero and Georgi Nemsadze, were among the first-team regulars told by manager Jim Duffy they no longer had a future at Dens Park as the club was threatened with closure.

But Burton has helped to stabilise the club, which was around 20m in debt and losing 100,000 per week.

He was forced to sell regular first-team players Gavin Rae and Nacho Novo to Rangers.

The Tayside club were also threatened with a 10-point deduction under new Scottish Premier League rules, but that was avoided when the club started the move out of administration before a 31 May deadline.

"It has always been our aim to exit from administration before the season commences as we felt it important for the team, employees and supporters to know that the last, difficult season is definitely over," Burton said ahead of Saturday's start to the new season.

"It has been a difficult period for everyone connected with Dundee, but the football club can now look forward with confidence and allow the board and Jim Duffy to implement the business plan for the season ahead."

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