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Gary Neville Admits 'Obituaries Already Written' After Valencia Lose Again

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Valencia : Gary Neville's future at Valencia is hanging by a thread after a chastening 1-0 defeat by La Liga strugglers Real Betis yesterday, with the coach admitting "the obituaries have already been written" Neville's job has been on the line since his side were humiliated 7-0 by Barcelona on 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.Although Neville was laughing when he walked into the press room at Betis's Benito Villamarin stadium, to the chagrin of journalists covering -Valencia, he admitted he was in a weak position."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. Every defeat feels like a punch in the face to the fans, to the players, to myself."Valencia have failed to win a game in the league since Neville took charge in December, and have never taken the lead in any of their nine league matches under him. When he took over Valencia were five points off the Champions League places, but are now four points above the relegation zone.Although this was an improved performance from the shambolic display at the Nou Camp, Valencia struggled to create many chances against a Betis side who had not won a league game since November. Valencia had left-back Jose Luis Gaya sent off on 85 minutes, while defender Shkrodan Mustafi had a goal ruled out for offside in injury time.However, Neville vowed to fight on. "There's no doubt that at times like this, everyone needs to stay together," he said. "Everyone suffers. It's just not going for us at the moment. I continue to work, I continue to have belief." Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo refused to back Neville after the game, saying: "We know the coach well but that's up to the club. We shouldn't get involved in things we aren't supposed to. Neither the club president, Layhoon Chan, nor the owner, Peter Lim, have made any statement about Neville's future but the Englishman said he was not concerned by their silence."You don't make statements when you're winning, you don't make them when you're drawing, words are weak," Neville, 40, said. "I speak to them three, four, five times a week. I am comfortable with that. What I am uncomfortable about is not getting them the results they deserve "Statements don't offer any clarity to anyone really. It's only done when it is necessary and at this -moment in time I don't think that it is necessary."

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