Gary Neville: Valencia manager claims obituaries already written

Gary Neville claimed the obituaries for his
time as Valencia boss have already been
written following a 1-0 La Liga defeat at lowly
Real Betis.
Neville, whose side was thrashed 7-0 by
Barcelona in a midweek Copa del Rey tie, is
yet to see his side win in nine league games
but again refused to quit.
The ex-England international, who was
appointed at the start of December, said: “I
said before I came that I would be judged in
five months.
“I have been judged in six weeks.”
Former Valencia goalkeeper and captain
Santiago Canizares – as well as some
supporters – called for Neville to stand down
after the Copa del Rey hammering by
Barcelona.
Under Neville, Valencia have lost four and
drawn five league games to slip to within four
points of La Liga’s bottom three, although the
40-year-old insists he is not contemplating
the threat of relegation.
He added: “It’s clear that we are better than
some of the teams we are playing against.
Valencia under Gary Neville (all competitions)
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
16
4
6
6
19
23
“Our last two league matches were not
performances that deserved two defeats, but
the reality is that they are two defeats and I
am aware of the consequences when you don’t
get good results. What matters are results.
“There’s no doubt that at times like this
everyone needs to stay together.
“Everyone suffers. It’s just not going for us at
the moment. I continue to work, I continue to
have belief.
“Conversations with the owners are between
me and the owners. We have to turn it round
quickly, I understand that. It is hard to explain
the defeat. It will turn.”
Neville claimed that the Valencia players are
now much fitter and better organised than the
team he inherited, which he said was “all over
the place”.
He admitted every defeat felt like a “punch in
the face” but said there was no need for the
owners, who include his business partner Peter
Lim, to make any statement on his position.
Former Manchester City striker Alvaro
Negredo, who missed Valencia’s best chance
to avoid becoming only the second team to
lose a league fixture at Real Betis this season,
would not be drawn on the manager’s future.
Negredo said: “That’s not up to me. We know
the coach well, but that’s up to the club. We
shouldn’t get involved in things that we aren’t
supposed to.”

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