That sound you hear is Gary Neville’s managerial stature slowly regaining its dignity.
Valencia, on its third manager since Neville was fired back in March, has continued to struggle, and now the current man Cesare Prandelli is feeling the heat.
A disappointing 1-1 draw with winless Granada has left Valencia with just 11 points on the season through 12 matches, good for 15th place, just two points above the relegation zone. They’re without a win since October 16, and five of their seven losses this season have come by one goal.
Prandelli was hired on September 28, just after the club had won two straight after sacking Salvador Gonzalez. Prandelli has picked up just five points in six matches, and now he faces a very difficult stretch with Sevilla (3rd), Malaga (11th), and Real Sociedad (6th) up next on the fixture list.
To make matters worse for Prandelli, in this four match winless streak, Valencia has coughed up leads to Barcelona (2nd) and Celta Viga (9th), while they’ve had to fight back from deficits in matches with Deportivo la Coruna (16th) and Granada (20th). It’s been dicey for months at Valencia and nobody seems to have the answers.