Footballer-turned pundit-turned manager Gary Neville is adamant that he will not resign from his position as Valencia head coach even after the 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa Del Ray semi-finals. The former Manchester United star was appointed the head coach (Only God knows why) of the Spanish side in the month of December and so far he has won exactly 0 games as Valencia coach. Valencia have played 9 times in the league after his appointment and they have taken just 6 points from those games. The Oranges (nickname) are currently 12th in the League table and are just 5 points ahead of the relegation places. (they will reach that pretty soon if they stick with Gary Neville.)
The only competition in which Valencia managed to win some games was the Copa Del Ray but even that came to a halt when they encountered last season’s treble winners Barcelona in the semi-finals. Needless to say, Barcelona won the game but winning 7-0 was unexpected.
After last week’s loss to Sporting Gijon in the league, the fans booed Neville at the final whistle with reports suggesting that his future was in doubt but Neville reacted rather angrily and dismissed those reports as “ridiculous”.
Following last night’s hammering at the hands of Barcelona, Neville was repeatedly asked whether he was thinking of resigning or not but he insisted that he would not throw in the towel.
Neville was asked three times if he was thinking of resigning. The first time he said “no.” The second time he said “next question”. But The third time, he replied: “Next question. I have answered that before. I think I was very clear.”
Luis Suarez netted 4 times while Lionel Messi added a hat-trick to pile on the misery on Gary Neville’s side. “This was one of my most painful nights in football,” he said. “The scoreline is unacceptable. I have not enjoyed tonight. I won’t sleep well tonight. I didn’t like what I saw.”
“The fans didn’t deserve that tonight. We have to recover incredibly quickly”.
“Positivity has been immovable in my life,” he said. “I last had doubts as a player 18 years ago and from that moment on I developed a mechanism to deal with situations like this. Be clear, we have to deliver on Sunday [against Real Betis].”
The good thing for Valencia is that Gary Neville’s contract expires at the end of the season.