Gary Neville Valencia Exit? The former Manchester United defender is under huge pressure to quit the Mestalla after his side’s 7-0 Copa del Rey mauling at the hands of Barcelona writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Neville is winless in eight La Liga matches with Los Che and supporters are calling for the 40-year-old to leave straight away.
After the game the hash-tag #Nevilleveteya – which translates as Neville go now – was trending in Valencia on Twitter. But as we’ve seen throughout his playing career, Neville isn’t one for quitting when the chips are down.
“I last doubted myself 18 years ago. After that, I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations. I’m fine,” replied Neville to questions about whether the pressure was getting to him and whether he would step down.
Eyebrows were raised across football when Neville was appointed manager of Valencia. He had no management experience when Valencia owner Peter Lim appointed him as first team coach.
Indeed, questions are now being asked in the tapas bars of Valencia whether Lim himself is the right owner for the club.
The pressure mounting on Neville places the Singapore Lim in an awkward position. He has shared business interests with Neville back in Manchester including a 50% stake in Salford City.
Luis Suarez scored four goals and Lionel Messi three as Los Che were mauled at the Nou Camp.
Neville continued: “I am not going to sleep well tonight. This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football. The people I feel most sorry for are the Valencia supporters. They don’t deserve a performance like that.
“We were playing against three of the best players in the world and we gave them three-on-twos I don’t know how many times.
“It was unacceptable and we have to recover very quickly. We need to win a league game. I wish the match against Betis could start in 10 minutes.”
Neville explained some of his feelings as he stood pitchside watching world player of the year Messi, Neymar and Suarez dismantle his side.
“I stood out there both halves feeling helpless, trying to change it in some way, knowing the tide of the game was against us. We were playing against a fantastic team, keep that in perspective, but the scoreline is unacceptable.
“I need to make sure everything in the players’ minds now shifts to Betis. Be clear, we have to deliver on Sunday. “
Could Sunday be Neville’s last game in charge? Defeat in Seville will surely see a Gary Neville Seville exit!