Gary Neville insists he’s the right man for Valencia manager’s job
Neville still hoping to improve Valencia’s fortunes despite a winless run of games
February 9th, 2016
Gary Neville’s managerial career has endured a sticky start, with the former Sky Sports pundit having struggled to achieve the right sort of performances and results since arriving as interim coach of Valencia.
Neville arrived with a fanfare at the Mestalla although things have not been going well and Los Che were humbled 7-0 at the Nou Camp last weekend. A weekend defeat against Real Betis hasn’t helped matters and Valencia now have to play a dead rubber against Barca.
The former Manchester United defender remains in a defiant mood and retains the backing of club owner and friend Peter Lim. However, he must be aware that another defeat could spell the end of his first managerial stint.
“I have faith in myself and the players and the only thing to turn this around is to win games. I know you want to ask me about my job, my future, but I just want to focus on football, on tomorrow’s game,” the Valencia coach said.
Asked whether he had spoken to the owner, Peter Lim, he answered: “I understand your question, but I cannot share any conversations with anyone from the club – sporting director, owner, president. They are private. No coach would share them, it would not be fair. But I speak a lot with them, obviously.
“Last week was unacceptable,” he said. “But what I can see is that last Wednesday was a massive accident. That was a freak match.
“Tomorrow we must have a positive mentality, we must put in a huge effort and play and battle. Saturday’s game against Espanyol is fundamental. That must be taken into account when picking the team. I must prioritise Saturday’s game.
“This is my 13th press conference in two months,” he said. “I have dedicated many words to the same things, the fans do not want more words, you probably neither. I am even tired of listening to myself.”