Valencia boss Gary Neville was put through one of his “worst experiences” in football as his side were humiliated 7-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Wednesday’s drubbing in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg has increased the pressure on the Englishman, who is without a league win in eight matches.
“I am not going to sleep well tonight,” said Neville, insisting he would not quit when questioned by journalists.
“This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football.”
‘Neville go now’
Soon after the match #Nevilleveteya, which translates to Neville go now, was trending in Valencia on Twitter.
Spain radio station Cadena Cope has claimed that Valencia owner Peter Lim will decide in the next few hours whether or not to sack Neville.
The former England and Manchester United full-back was appointed in December, his first managerial job, joining his brother Phil, who was already on the coaching staff.
“I last doubted myself 18 years ago and after that I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations. I’m fine,” he said, as he was repeatedly asked about his job security in the post-match news conference.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez scored four goals and world player of the year Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick for Barcelona, leaving Neville with just four cup wins from his 14 games in charge.
Valencia travel to Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday, 12th in the table and just five points clear of the relegation zone.
“The people I feel most sorry for are the Valencia supporters,” Neville added. “They don’t deserve a performance like that.
“We were playing against three of the best players in the world and we gave them three-on-twos I don’t know how many times.
“It was unacceptable and we have to recover very quickly. We need to win a league game. I wish the match against Betis could start in 10 minutes.”