Gary Neville described Valencia’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey as “one of his worst experiences”, but he won’t resign as coach.
Los Che were annihilated 7-0 by Barcelona in the first leg at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening with Luis Suarez scoring four goals and Lionel Messi claiming a hat-trick while the visitors had Shkodran Mustafi sent off at the end of the first half.
After they game #Nevilleveteya, which translates to Neville go now, was trending on Twitter in Valencia.
The former Manchester United defender was asked by reporters if he was considering quitting in the post-match press conference, but he replied: “No.”
He added: “I last doubted myself 18 years ago. After that, I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations. I’m fine.”
While Neville is still looking for his first La Liga win as Valencia boss, they have at least had plenty of positive moments in their run to the Copa del Rey semi-finals, but the 7-0 defeat will no doubt take the gloss off that.
“I am not going to sleep well. This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football,” he said.
He continued: “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.”