Business as usual then? Hopefully not.

Manchester City clawed back some respect from the bulk of their fanbase after their screeching U-turn to pull out of a breakaway European Super League less than 48 hours after threatening to change football forever.

Shares in Pep Guardiola have risen ever higher after his withering putdown of the new competition, making it nearly impossible for the club to take the best manager in the world with them into a tournament that he refused to call sport.

The news on Sunday caused chaos within the organisation, with many employees seriously conflicted about the decision taken.

It should not be forgotten that it was not an easy choice either. Such a move feels inevitable (although the shambolic collapse of this venture and the resignation of Ed Woodward should hopefully delay things), and Guardiola's scathing assessment of UEFA and the Premier League hardly speaks to satisfaction at the current world order.

Given that, and the power play from Juventus chairman and head of the European Club Association Andrea Agnelli, the Blues felt they had to choose the (financially lucrative) punch in the face rather than the kick in the nether regions.

However, there can be no excuse for the faceless, voiceless way in which the decision was communicated with supporters. To have nobody who had made the decision at City speak up for it was heinous, and to see United co-chairman Joel Glazer's name on the club website instead was even worse.

A bunch of bean-counters saw a way to make a quick buck but misread what a football club actually is. It smacked of suits who missed the fundamental point articulated by Sir Matt Busby all those years ago that football is nothing without fans. The biggest clubs in the world may be ever-expanding global behemoths that cover all corners of the world, but they can never forget their roots.

For the majority of City fans, the overriding feeling will be relief after a truly worrying few days for the sacred institution that they irrationally love.

While they have shown that their voice counts when it really matters, it would be nice to think that the club will listen to them on more occasions and perhaps even consult them before attempting to make such fundamental changes again.

At the very least though, this farce has helped supporters to have a clearer idea of exactly what and who they should care about in their club. Those who did whatever they could to help and understand them deserve their time, those who lobbed a grenade and then hid from all responsibility are not.

Whatever else is forgiven and forgotten in the future, the fanbase should never forget how different parts of their club acted during an unbelievable 48 hours.