- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

MADRID (AP) - Gary Neville says he has been unfairly judged as Valencia coach despite admitting that the team’s winless streak in the Spanish league is “unacceptable.”

“I said before I came that I would be judged as a success or failure in five months. The obituaries have already been written, so I’ve been judged in six weeks,” Neville said after Valencia’s 1-0 loss at Real Betis on Sunday. “This is a far more organized team than the one that I saw when I first came, but it’s one that is not getting the results and that’s the biggest problem I have at this moment.”

Valencia hasn’t won in 12 league rounds, nine of those under the former Manchester United and England player who’s in his first head-coaching job.

“I don’t believe we are getting the results that reflect the improvement in this team,” Neville said. “That’s difficult to explain, but I’ve seen this before in football many times. This can happen to anybody. It’s happening to me at this moment, but I believe in myself.”

The club was humiliated 7-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday, a result that increased pressure on Neville.

“In our last two league matches, I don’t believe that they were performances that deserved two defeats, but the reality is that we have our two defeats and I’m aware of the consequences of the two defeats. It’s the results that matters now,” he said. “We have to turn that around very quickly. I know I keep saying that, but I haven’t got any more words for you other than that.”

Valencia dropped to 13th in the league with Sunday’s loss, four points off the relegation zone. It has lost three of its last five league games.

“I look at all those games and think, ‘How have we not won three or four games?’” Neville said. “But I completely agree that it’s unacceptable that we haven’t won a game in the league in the six, seven weeks since I’ve been here.”

Neville was hired in December by owner Peter Lim, who is also a business partner in non-league club Salford City in England.

“It’s a moment that everyone needs to stay together,” Neville said. “I know everyone suffers. The fans more than everyone. But we suffer with them. I could be sitting here today after two matches where we won and everyone is smiling, but there are fine lines in football.”


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