Gary Neville says he's not resigning as manager of Valencia
Valencia manager, Gary Neville, has reiterated that he does not wish to step down as Valencia manager after their humiliating 7-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-finals despite the club’s sporting director, Suso García Pitarch, describing it as “one of the worst results in our history."
The Manchester United icon was largely expected to help Valencia in the League along with his brother Phil Neville – who is the assistant coach. However, results have been unfavourable and Neville insists he's there to stay.
“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," he said continuing to stress on the fact that he's not willing to throw in the towel just yet.
"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).”
Neville is yet to win a La Liga game with Valencia having not seen a positive result in eight games. With wins in the Copa del Rey, things were starting to look bright until Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi decided they score goals for fun. The Uruguayan scored four times, the Argentine thrice and it's left a huge hole in Neville's chances of retaining the managerial role at the Mestalla.
“This isn’t a day to give any explanations and simply to recognise that we have done things very badly and we have to rectify it in any way we can,” said president, Layhoon Chan. Meanwhile, García Pitarch added, “We apologise to our fans for one of the worst days and one of the worst results in our history.
“Simply, we have to reflect (on this) internally.”