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Under-fire Valencia boss Gary Neville vows to ride out storm

Gary Neville looks set to take his place in the home dugout at the Mestalla for Valencia's match against Barcelona today despite recent supporter unrest against him.

Two months after being appointed Valencia boss, Neville is still waiting for his first league win in management. The former Manchester United captain stretched his winless run to nine matches on Sunday when Valencia lost 1-0 to Real Betis.

The defeat led to angry protests from Valencia fans.

Neville refused to speak to a small group of disgruntled Valencia supporters who waited for him outside the stadium in Seville on Sunday, but the 40-year-old did approach some of the fans who had gathered to meet the squad at Valencia airport following the team's flight back from Andalucia. Neville shook the hand of one fan, who told him he was "a good coach", but then added: "Your place isn't here."

When the team coach arrived at the club's training ground on Sunday night, around 50 supporters yelled "Gary, vete ya", which translates as "Gary, go now".

Neville took training yesterday morning and Valencia confirmed the former England and United full-back would hold his regular press conference today to preview the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.

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