Manchester United legend Gary Neville has insisted that he will not resign as manager of Valencia following his side’s 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona on Wednesday.
Barcelona recorded a resounding victory over ten-man Valencia in the Copa Del Rey semi-final first leg thanks to four goals from Luis Suarez and three from Lionel Messi.
Neville was asked if he would resign after the humbling, to which he simply replied: “no.” His response was “next question” when asked again later, before he firmly stated “next question. I have answered that before. I think I was very clear” when pressed for a third time.
“This was one of my most painful nights in football,” Neville 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.”
Of course, hindsight is 20/20 but it appears as if Neville made a mistake in agreeing to take over Valencia towards the end of last year.
It was a bold move to take charge at a club the size of Valencia, particularly as Neville did not know the Spanish language, and the magnitude at the task at hand has overwhelmed him. It remains to be seen how long he remains at the Spanish club and his reputation has taken a hit at home and abroad.