Gary Neville says watching his Valencia side get demolished 7-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp was one of his “worst experiences” in football.
Wednesday’s loss in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg has increased the pressure on Neville, who is without a league win in eight matches.
“I am not going to sleep well tonight,” said the former England player, who insisted he would not quit as manager.
“This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football.”
Soon after the match, #Nevilleveteya, which translates to Neville go now, was trending in Valencia on Twitter.
The former Manchester United full-back was appointed in December, his first managerial job.
“I last doubted myself 18 years ago,” said Neville, as he was repeatedly asked about his future in the post-match news conference. “After that, I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations. I’m fine.”
Neville’s younger brother Phil is also on the Valencia coaching staff.
Spain radio station Cadena Cope has claimed that Valencia owner Peter Lim will decide in the next few hours whether or not to sack Neville
|Gary Neville’s career|
|1992: Makes Manchester United debut and spends 19 years at club, winning 20 major trophies including two Champions Leagues and eight Premier Leagues|
|1995: Makes England debut going on to earn 85 caps|
|2011: Starts as a Sky Sports pundit for the 2011-12 season|
|2012: Appointed assistant coach to Roy Hodgson with the England team|
|2014: Agrees to buy Salford City with fellow former United players including brother Phil, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes|
|2014: Agrees to sell 50% stake of Salford City to businessman Peter Lim, already majority owner of Valencia|
|2015: Appointed Valencia head coach with brother Phil as his assistant|