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Gary Neville is finally getting some positive results as Valencia manager..

Could recent performances see Gary Neville stay at Valencia beyond the end of the season?

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Gary Neville hasn't really had the best of starts to life as a manager.

You can commend his character and bravery in taking the job in the first place of course, but ultimately a manager is judged on his results.

Up until very recently, Neville was having to bear the brunt of supporter ire.

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Valencia are a club in crisis. Behind the scenes it is an absolute shambles and is metaphorically that of a duck serenely sat on the water with legs furiously paddling underneath.

It could, and probably should have been so different.

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Optimism

When Peter Lim took over at the beginning of last season, there was a real sense of optimism in the locale that the club was heading back to the big time.

Qualification to this year's Champions League did little to dampen that spirit.

That was until super agent Jorge Mendes got his claws into Lim and the club.

Mendes' stable of players at Valencia grew almost overnight with a caveat that as many as possible should play.

It caused a huge rift with manager Nuno Santo who, rightly most would agree, refused to be dictated to when it came to picking the team for the next game.

Santo, being customer facing, was hung out to dry and left with nowhere to go and decided to quit.

Club president Lay Hoon Chan, aware that Mendes was preparing to convince Lim as to Frank Rijkaard's suitability for the vacant position, worked quickly in convincing Lim to take a chance on Neville.

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Woeful

The lightning fast appointment bore all of the hallmarks of a decision that hadn't really been thought through to any great degree, but one that had to be made to ensure that Mendes had no say in team affairs.

To that end, Neville took charge but a woeful run saw the white hankies of disdain waved from the terraces of Mestalla before the ex-Manchester United man had even presided over half a dozen games.

Those of a lesser conviction might just have thrown in the towel there and then, but Neville is made of far stronger stuff.

Noting that the run couldn't go on forever, he insisted that the players keep doing what they were already doing on the training pitch and eventually the results would come.

He would be proved right of course.

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Continuity

A draw against Barcelona after a 7-0 drubbing was a victory of sorts, and that has been followed by five wins and a solitary defeat. 

An extremely hard fought 2-1 win over Espanyol broke the seal, with a walkover 6-0 victory against Rapid Vienna getting the locals on side again.

Another 2-1 victory against Granada followed before a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao. 

But Neville's men made amends for that by defeating Malaga 2-1 in their most recent game.

Although Valencia remain eight points from the European places, those victories and the manner of the same have got people wondering again.

It may not happen this season, but some continuity with a strong-minded individual at the helm could be just the ticket.

It might even be the decision which sees the unrest at the club take a back seat for a change, and Neville take on the real challenge of guiding his team to the upper echelons.

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