Finances at Dutch clubs appears to be improving with the KNVB confirming that only five clubs are currently in Category one of their financial grading.

  • By Michael Bell
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In August, the KNVB announced that eight clubs were in financial trouble but NEC, FC Twente and Den Bosch have all been promoted into category 2 after proving that they are in control of their money.

De Graafschap, Fortuna Sittard, VVV Venlo and RKC Waalwijk have all remained in category one, along with Roda JC, who are the only Eredivisie side still in danger. However, the Kerkrade side have recently been invested in by Russian billionaire Aleksei Korotaev, who should ensure the club rise into at least category two in the near future.

Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV are all in category 3, the highest and most secure level.

Category 3: Ajax, AZ, SC Cambuur, Excelsior, Feyenoord, Go Ahead Eagles, FC Groningen, SC Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven and Willem II.

Category 2:  ADO Den Haag, Almere City FC, FC Den Bosch, FC Dordrecht, FC Eindhoven FC Emmen, Helmond Sport, Heracles Almelo, MVV Maastricht, NAC Breda, NEC, FC Oss, Sparta Rotterdam, Telstar, FC Twente, FC Utrecht, Vitesse and FC Volendam and PEC Zwolle.

Category 1:  De Graafschap, Fortuna Sittard, RKC Waalwijk, Roda JC and VVV-Venlo.

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