Gary Neville is on the verge of being sacked by Valencia, and Spanish media all ready see Rafael Benitez as his successor. On Wednesday, Valencia suffered a debacle against Barcelona defeated 7:0 at the Nou Camp, which led to the fans being discontent after an already weak performance of the team since the start of 2016.
In 2016, “Bats” have played ten matches but managed to win only three, but none of them in La Liga, which is why Neville has long been under pressure. He refused to resign after the disgrace at the Nou Camp, and will lead the team against Real Betis this weekend, but it will be almost impossible for him to stay on in the manager position until the end of the contract year.
Spanish media reported that Valencia’s new sporting director, Jesus Garcia Pitarch already contacted Benitez, who was fired by Real Madrid a few weeks ago. Benitez led the “bats” from July 2001 to June 2004 and in 162 matches recorded 88 victories, winning two titles in La Liga and UEFA Cup.
Neville: The fans suffered the worst football experience
Valencia coach Gary Neville said that he felt sorry for the fans of the club during the match against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.
“This was a sad night. I’m very sorry for the fans of Valencia. They suffered, and that’s what hurts me the most,” said Neville.
He pointed out that this is the worst experience of his career.
“Right now, the most important thing to me is that the team is adequately prepared for the match against Real Betis. What I have seen is one of my worst football experience. I had them as a player and now as a coach. It’s painful. We were completely helpless against fantastic opponents. This result is unacceptable” added the manager of Valencia.
The former Manchester United right-back has praised Barcelona’s attack. “Messi, Suarez and Neymar? Definitely the best attacking trio in the world”.