Valencia boss Gary Neville is quickly discovering that the managerial dugout is a world away from the relative comfort zone of the Sky Sports studio.
His side lost once again at the weekend, this time at home to struggling Sporting Gijón, to make it zero wins in eight games for the man who was brought in to revitalise Valencia’s season.
To say it hasn’t gone well would be putting it mildly, and now the fans are starting to make their displeasure known…
Gary Neville suffers fourth defeat as Valencia manager. Roundly booed at full-time. Valencia fans’ patient wearing rather thin.
— tom_farmery (@tom_farmery) January 31, 2016
That said, it’s hard to completely blame the manager when striker Alvaro Negredo insists on doing things like this…
esto pls https://t.co/a9Z6KGGpmu
— Marquino (@AlexMarquino) January 31, 2016
This latest setback keeps Valencia firmly entrenched in 12th place, 19 points behind fourth-placed Villarreal and, intriguingly, only five points above the relegation zone. Not to suggest they are in any imminent danger but Neville knows the wins are going to have to come from somewhere, especially if he wants to keep his job beyond the summer.
Neville takes his side to Barcelona this week in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, a competition in which the club have been slightly more successful this season. Neville knows now though, he already faces a battle to get his own fans onside, as he starts to realise that maybe sitting next to Jamie Carragher every Monday night wasn’t so bad after all.
Simon O’Keeffe, Pundit Arena