Neville: I’m being judged on six weeks as manager

Date published: Monday 8th February 2016 9:26

Gary Neville: Believes he has already been judged as a manager

Gary Neville believes he has been written off as a manager after only six weeks in charge of Valencia after another defeat on Sunday.

A 1-0 defeat at Real Betis left Valencia just four points clear of the relegation zone, making it nine games without a win in La Liga for Neville.

The England coach has vowed to fight on but acknowledges he is running out of time to convince people of his ability.

“I said before I came that I would be judged in five months,” Neville said. “The obituaries have already been written – I have been judged in six weeks.

“Our last two league matches were not performances that deserved two defeats, but the reality is that they are two defeats and I am aware of the consequences when you don’t get good results.

“What matters are results. We knew this would be about one or two moments and they have not gone our way. The line between defeat and victory is so fine.”

Neville felt Valencia deserved something against Betis, with Alvaro Negredo missing two second-half chances and Shkodran Mustafi seeing a goal ruled out for offside in injury time.

“It’s clear that we are better than some of the teams we are playing against,” Neville said.

“That’s the most difficult thing to explain. I would say that it was a tight game, that the lines are fine, but that you have to win it in both boxes.

“I can’t believe that we will keep missing chances and that every time there is a chance the other team will take it.

“It’s just not going for us at the moment. That was a pretty solid away performance. I continue to work, I continue to have belief.

“Conversations with the owners are between me and the owners. We have to turn it round quickly, I understand that. It is hard to explain the defeat. It will turn.”

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