Valencia manager Gary Neville has promised to turn around the club’s fortunes following a disastrous start to management.
Since his unveiling as Valencia’s interim manager in December, Neville has failed to win a league game in nine attempts, whilst last week’s defeat to relegation strugglers Real Betis looked set to trigger his dismissal.
The former Manchester United defender has, however, remained in charge with his focus now firmly set on turning around Valencia's current predicament.
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Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final, Neville said: "I'm desperate to turn these results around.
"I will turn these results around.
"My belief is that these moments that we're having going against us in football matches at this moment will turn and that they'll start to go our way very soon. That is my promise to you.
"It has to turn around Saturday. We have to win this match on Saturday, that is the pressure that I'm putting on myself, and is the expectation of everybody. We have to win this game on Saturday."
Valencia host 17th place Espanyol on Saturday with three points essential to lift the 2004 La Liga champions away from the relegation zone.
Everything rides on the league
Results in the Copa del Rey had previously given Neville some much-needed rest bite, with Barcelona leading 7-0 from last week’s first leg the England coach has resigned himself to focusing on La Liga.
Neville added: "Last week was unacceptable and I've said that and I take full responsibility for that.
"I think tomorrow [against Barcelona] we have to look at this game with a positive mentality, we have two games in three days, obviously to get the result and go through is near-on impossible.
"The fans of this football club were here long before me, and will be here long after me. It's in their heart, their soul, it's what they live for.
"And from my point of view, I want to give them what they want. I'm determined, I'm positive, I'm unbreakable in that respect, but at this moment in time the results are obviously testing."
In Neville’s wake, Valencia have reportedly begun negotiations to bring former manager Rafa Benitez back to the Mestalla Stadium.
According to AS, Benitez has been approached to replace the former right-back, but only at the end of this season.
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