BETIS - VALENCIA

Neville: "We have to deliver on Sunday"

The under-fire Valencia coach admits there is no margin for error as he takes his side to the Benito Villamarín after being mauled 7-0 by Barça.

Neville: "We have to deliver on Sunday"
FERNANDO ZUERAS DIARIO AS

Gary Neville could take charge of Valencia for the final time should he fail to deliver a league win at the ninth attempt when his side travel to fellow strugglers Real Betis on Sunday.

Neville's terrible run of five points from eight La Liga games since taking charge in December was compounded as Valencia suffered their heaviest defeat in 23 years with a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday.

"I need to make sure everything in the players' minds now shifts to Betis. Be clear, we have to deliver on Sunday," said Neville.

"I feel most for the fans. It's their club and they suffer very badly. I have to work out how we can get in a positive frame of mind on Sunday."

Neville insisted he wouldn't quit in the face of persistent questioning in midweek, however the club's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch refused to give his backing to the former Manchester United captain.

Valencia are said to have already sounded out former coach Rafael Benitez - who won two La Liga titles in three years at Mestalla between 2001 and 2004 - as Neville's replacement for next season.

Valencia's overall winless streak of 11 league games has left them just five points above the relegation zone.

However, luckily for Neville's men, Betis are also mired in crisis, three points adrift of Valencia and also without a win in nine games.