Thursday 29 September 2016

Neville on the brink

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Gary Neville (Getty Images)
Gary Neville (Getty Images)

Gary Neville's future at Valencia hangs by a thread after a chastening defeat to struggling Real Betis, with the coach admitting "the obituaries have already been written".

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Neville's job has been on the line since his side were humiliated 7-0 by Barcelona last Wednesday in the Copa del Rey but hit a new low after Ruben Castro's 49th minute goal inflicted a fourth defeat in nine league games on the English coach.

"I said before I came that I would be judged in five months, but the obituaries have already been written, I have been judged in six weeks," Neville said.

"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.

Meanwhile, Barcelona cruised to a 2-0 win at Levante with Luis Suarez scoring his 36th goal of the season yesterday. David Navarro registered an own goal when he turned Jordi Alba's cross into his own net.

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