Valencia boss Gary Neville has insisted that he is not playing for his job ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Espanyol in La Liga.
There is growing belief that the Englishman will be relieved of his duties if he fails to lead Los Che to victory over the Catalans this weekend, but he made it clear to reporters before the game that his focus was on the task at hand as opposed to his position.
“For me, there are still games left, regardless of whether we win, lose or draw,” he said.
“We’re only focusing on the game. Before Barca, you were very respectful.
“I’m just thinking of football and only that. It is very important for the club.
"There may be a hurricane, but we have to be in the midst of it. We’ve never panicked.
“The players aren’t behaving strangely. We believe in ourselves.
“[Our luck] is going to change. It can’t be that we’ll always have such bad luck in front of goal.
“We have to win and that’s what we’re focusing on. It feels like a final for the fans, but for me there are still games left.
“We have to win. If we win tomorrow, everything will be perfect. We’re aware that there are 14 games remaining.
“I think that a turning point is an interesting concept, but I’d like to get the result which reflects our performance.
“I hope our performance is good [on Saturday] and that it accompanies the result.
“Playing every three days isn’t an excuse. The lads have been able to rest, so there’s no complaints.
“Something you can’t do as a Coach is to enforce a sudden change of direction and panic.
“We’re working and training well. We’ll keep working and doing things right, and when everything starts going well, we won’t look back.
“It’s the suffering which has demanded an important change. I see improvements, but I haven’t seen results yet.
“I didn’t hold a private meeting with Layhoon [Chan on Thursday]. She came to see what had been done on the training ground.
“There were only four or five people who saw me with Layhoon. I’m surprised you know these things.”