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Gary Neville vows to fight on at Valencia but fans turn up the heat

By Staff Reporter

Gary Neville faced the wrath of furious fans following his Valencia side's Copa del Rey capitulation against Barcelona - but insisted he would not quit.

Neville was called on to resign and apologise by former Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares in the wake of the 7-0 semi-final first-leg defeat at the Nou Camp which has turned up the heat on the under-fire boss.

The former Manchester United defender, his staff, including brother and assistant Phil, and players were confronted by angry supporters after returning home to their training base at Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna, with pictures showing fans venting their spleen at Neville. The 40-year-old has vowed to fight on, but he did not receive the clear backing of sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch, while Canizares said the Englishman would quit if he was "honest".

Neville (pictured), who has failed to win any of his eight Primera Division matches since taking charge, takes his side to struggling Real Betis on Sunday, and another loss will drag the club further into a relegation fight and increase the pressure on the England coach yet further.

Pitarch said it was "not the day to talk about the future" during television interviews following the defeat.

"This day you can't explain."

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