Gary Neville’s winless run in La Liga as the Valencia manager stretched to nine games following their 1-0 loss to Real Betis on Sunday and the former Manchester United defender admitted ‘the obituaries have already been written’, in reference to his future at the club.
He has also described his latest defeat as a ‘punch in the face’ but has vowed to continue despite calls for his resignation or sack by the Valencia fans and former players. His next task will be the second leg against Barcelona after they suffered a 7-0 trouncing in the first leg.
Real Betis scored the winner against the run of play following a Sofiane Feghouli attack down the right hand side but he was dispossessed and while he called for a foul, Betis broke forward with Ruben Castro, who played the ball onto the path of Charly Musonda, who then fed Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. The Dutchman then teed-up Castro, who scored what was only Betis’ eighth league home goal all season.
And to make matters worse for Neville, Jose Gaya was sent off with five minutes remaining after he impeded a goal-bound Musonda.