If Gary Neville was ever under any illusion how difficult this job was going to be then he's had his eyes well and truly opened.
Being humbled 7-0 by Barcelona must have been daggers through the heart with every goal that went in. Having a player sent off didn't help matters in the least and Neville must inwardly be cursing the series of events that have led him to the precipice.
The problem for Neville career wise is this: Who will want to employ him if he gets the sack from Valencia? It would be a bit ridiculous for him to rock up at Sky and start telling everyone how it should be done where he himself has failed.
The owners though have to show some patience. Clearly Neville's relationship with Peter Lim has led to him being given this chance and he is clearly good enough tactically to succeed.
The question is whether his temperament will allow him to practice a common variation of man management because hauling every player over the coals for every mistake will not work and Neville must find a way to be able to get his players onside and quickly.
The Barcelona drubbing should not be looked at in isolation. Clearly any team in the world that played against them with just ten men would be in for a fearful battering. It is how Neville reacts and whether he will be given time that is more important.
I feel sorry for Neville, I really do. Anyone offered that kind of opportunity with his ambitious nature would find it difficult to turn down but he shouldn't have gone. This is no place for a rookie manager who doesn't speak the lingo.
Espanyol is an absolute must win game for Neville. 14th plays 17th and Espanyol have the worst goal difference in the league -26.
Valencia are only one goal behind Bilbao (6th) in the goal difference column but a massive ten points behind where it matters.
If the Neville experiment is not to be derailed in short order then his team need to win on Saturday.