Gary Neville insisted that he had no intention of resigning as Valencia manager after his side was hammered 7-0 at the Camp Nou by Barcelona on Wednesday night – but the club’s sporting director Suso García Pitarch described it as “one of the worst results in our history” and evaded questions about the Englishman’s future at the Mestalla. Valencia are not expected to take a drastic decision. Neville was asked three times if he was thinking of resigning after four goals from Luis Suárez and three from Lionel Messi saw his side fall to a semi-final first leg defeat in the Copa del Rey. He gave a one-word response to the first question, replying simply: “no.” When the issue was raised again, with Neville asked if he would understand it if he was sacked, he responded: “next question”. The third time, he replied: “Next question. I have answered that before. I think I was very clear. “This was one of my most painful nights in football,” the former Manchester United full-back revealed after Valencia were effectively knocked out of the Copa del Rey, even though there is a second leg to come at the Mestalla next Wednesday night. It was not just that his side was defeated; it was that Barcelona could have beaten them by more than seven. Even the first-half sending off of Shkodran Mustafi was no excuse. Valencia were humiliated. Neville admitted that had he been a pundit analysing his team’s performance he would have been “critical”, adding: “The scoreline is unacceptable. I have not enjoyed tonight. I won’t sleep well tonight. I didn’t like what I saw. “The fans didn’t deserve that tonight. We have to recover incredibly quickly”. But he insisted that he would not throw in the towel, despite a difficult start to his managerial career. “Positivity has been immovable in my life,” he said. “I last had doubts as a player 18 years ago and from that moment on I developed a mechanism to deal with situations like this. Be clear, we have to deliver on Sunday [against Real Betis].” Valencia have not won in Neville’s eight league games, and in their last 11 in total – and last weekend they lost 1-0 to Sporting Gijón at the Mestalla, the first time they had been beaten at home in the league since November 2014. The Copa del Rey had come as a welcome distraction – until Wednesday night.
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