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Neville has had a difficult start to life at Valencia.

Valencia fans adapt Yaya/Kolo Toure chant for Gary and Phil Neville

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A few weeks ago, Gary Neville was getting abused by thousands of Valencia fans for his terrible winless run as manager.

But after his first La Liga victory against Espanyol last weekend, young Valencia fans have started showing their support for their boss and his brother - and assistant manager adapted the famous Yaya and Kolo Toure song for Gary and Phil Neville.

Phil had been appointed as assistant manager for the Spanish club in the summer and was joined by his older brother when he took the managerial job in December.

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However, after a run of nine league matches without victory, the former Manchester United defender was subject to abuse from fans and his job looked very insecure.

Vote of confidence from the kids

However, their victory last weekend appears to have won over the fans - well, the 20 or so young fans that created this song anyway.

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The youngsters have adapted the famous Yaya/Kolo Toure chant for the two brothers and even showed off their moves as well.

The song was sung during a stadium tour at Valencia’s Mestalla ahead of their Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna.

Europa League thrashing

And the chant appeared to have the desired effect as Neville’s men ran out 6-0 winners against the Austrians.

Valencia became the first side to score five first-half goals in the Europa League as the La Liga side went 5-0 up inside 35 minutes.

Valencia v Rapid Vienna - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

It was thanks to 20-year-old Santi Mina, who ran the show with two goals and three assists.

The song - and the massive win - came on the manager’s 41st birthday and would have done wonders to ease the pressure on him.

But Neville, despite being pleased with the win, is aware that it would be foolish to celebrate this victory.

Valencia v Rapid Vienna - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

Neville told reporters: “Obviously the result makes it my best night in Valencia. But I’ve never celebrated victories halfway through the season and this will not be the first time.”

Will the chant catch on?

His side have slipped down to 12th during his time and charge and sit just seven points above the relegation zone with 14 matches remaining. They are eight points behind Eibar in sixth as they look to put a run together in an attempt to earn Europa League qualification for next season.

One thing is clear though: Valencia need to go on an incredible winning streak if the Gary/Phil Neville chant is to be heard echoing around the Mestalla in the near future.

Maybe if he leads his side to Europa League glory, the song will catch on with Valencia fans and sweep the nation like the Yaya/Kolo song has.

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Either way, it’s a brilliant attempt from the young Valencia supporters to show their love for the Neville brothers - and one they’re bound to appreciate as they attempt to salvage their disastrous start at the club.

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Manchester United
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La Liga
Europa League
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Gary Neville
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