Valencia coach Gary Neville has described himself as ‘unbreakable’ as he battles to save his job at Mestalla.
The beleaguered Neville is under pressure having failed to win any of his nine league matches since succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo as coach in early December. But, despite this terrible run of form not to mention a humiliating 7-0 Copa del Rey thrashing by Barcelona a week ago, the Englishman says he has no plans to resign.
Valencia are playing for no more than pride in the second leg of the cup semi-finals following the ruthless dismantling by Luis Enrique’s side at Camp Nou.
But it is the league form that remains the biggest worry for the club’s fans. The 1-0 loss to Real Betis on Sunday was a fourth defeat in nine matches, a result that leaves the Catalan club only four points above the relegation zone.
“I believe Valencia will come back,” said Neville ahead of Tuesday’s re-match with Barcelona. “I prefer to focus on that.
“I want to give them (the fans) what they want.
“I’m determined, I’m positive. I’m unbreakable in that respect, but at this moment in time the results are obviously testing.”
“Confidence is low. Last season this team got 77 points because confidence was high,” he pointed out.
Neville, who has no experience of coaching at club level, was appointed by the club’s owner Peter Lim – a friend and business partner of the England assistant head coach.
“This is my 30th press conference in 60 days,” said Neville. “We’re almost on a loop. When you ask me the same things, I don’t think the fans want to hear it,” he is quoted as telling AS.
“Even I’m tired of hearing myself talk. All we can do is win games. I want to focus only on football. Maybe that’s not what you want to ask, but I’ll only answer questions about football.
“Resign? That’s not in my plans. I’m desperate to turn around the situation. Football is sometimes a cruel sport. Sometimes you don’t deserve anything and just get a draw.
“I’m determined to go onto the streets of Valencia, look them in the eye and give them what they want. ”
“They travel, they pay to be in Mestalla and that is what decides if they have a happy week or not.
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