Gary Neville won't quit at Valencia after Barca drubbing

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Neville left shell-shocked by Barcelona masterclass
Neville left shell-shocked by Barcelona masterclass

Valencia manager Gary Neville has insisted he will not walk away from his job after his side were hammered 7-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Neville is still searching for his first La Liga win at Valencia after taking over in December and now his hopes of progress in the Spanish Cup are in tatters after the humiliating defeat.

With Valencia fans turning on the team after last weekend's defeat against Sporting Gijon, Neville's future in the Valencia job must already be in doubt and yet the former Manchester United star has vowed to battle on.

Describing his experience at the Nou Camp as "painful", Neville insisted he was not ready to call time on his novice managerial career in Spain.

“I won’t sleep well tonight. I didn’t like what I saw,” he said after seeing Lionel Messi bag a hat-trick and Luis Suarez smash four goals against his team.

“It was one of the most painful experiences I’ve had in football. I’ve had some as a player and now I’ve had some as a manager.

“We have made so many silly errors that you can’t make at any level, let alone against this team.

"I stood out there both halves feeling helpless, trying to change it in some way, knowing the tide of the game was against us. We were playing against a fantastic team, keep that in perspective, but the scoreline is unacceptable.

"When you give ball away and leave yourself open to be counter-attacked, when you give the ball away like that to three of the best forward players in the world it's impossible.

"I feel most for the fans. It's their club, and tonight they suffer very badly."

Neville was also asked whether he would considering quitting as Valencia boss and he simply replied: "No"

Valencia face an away match against Real Betis in La Liga this weekend, with Neville desperately needing a win to rebuild some credibility after this drubbing.

Four-goal hero Suarez offered off a slightly different version of events, as he reflected on a perfect display from a rampant Barca.

"It's one of our most complete performances in terms of attitude and intensity with the ball, right from the first whistle," said the former Liverpool striker.

"Tonight was one of those nights when everything came off, and the whole team deserves credit for that."