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Is Gary Neville’s stock falling by the week?

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It’s now 8 games without a La Liga win for Gary Neville since taking over as Valencia and the pressure is starting to mount on the former Manchester United and England Defender.

Yesterday they were beaten 1-0 by lowly Sporting Gijon and his Valencia side were booed by their own supporters as the final whistle as the failed to win again and leave Neville still looking for his first League win.

The question has to be is this Neville experiment going to do him harm in the long run. It’s getting a bit farcical now that someone that has been touted as a future England Manager can’t seem to buy a win with a side that finished in the top 4 of La Liga last season.

You could point to the language barrier but the Goalkeeper is Australian and Alvaro Negredo and Dani Parejo have both played in England so it’s not as if Neville can’t communicate with his side whatsoever, so I don’t think you can use that as a complete get out.

Maybe he’s actually worked out that it’s harder to be a Manager than it is to sit in a warm studio using touchsreens and criticising the action on the pitch. You have to give him credit for taking that challenge but it seems as if the gamble is not paying off

This is a side that really can’t afford to be out of European Football especially the Champions League so this season is almost becoming disastrous for owner Peter Lim. If they finish outside the European places then I would imagine another firesale of talent in the Summer. Don’t forget this is a Club which is still trying to find the finances to build the Nou Mestalla which they started back in 2005, it pretty much is Europe or bust.

People are saying that you have to give Gary Neville time, but that’s exactly the issue he can’t be afforded that time. The more pertinent question has to be asked on whether he’ll even see out the season if this goes on any longer they are going to have to start looking over their shoulder and worrying about the teams in and around the drop zone.

You get the feeling that this spell at Valencia could almost do Neville more harm then good and at this rate he will be back on Monday Night Football for the start of next season. That may have always been the plan but it will certainly be a long time before he gets back in a managerial hotseat.

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