MADRID. — Valencia coach Gary Neville has pleaded with the club’s disgruntled fans to turn up and support his struggling side when they face Espanyol at the Mestalla today.
Valencia have not won in the league since November and there are growing fears they could be dragged into a relegation battle.
Neville has failed to win in nine Spanish La Liga games since taking charge in December, form that has seen his Valencia side plummet from five points off the top four to just four points above the relegation zone.
Only an estimated 10 000 fans turned up to see Valencia’s fate sealed in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against a much-changed Barcelona coming after they were thrashed 7-0 in the first leg a week before.
“I am aware of the right of the fans not to come and to say and do what they want,” said Neville. — AFP.