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Effigy of ‘donkey’ Gary Neville burned in Valencia

Valencia fans took the opportunity of the Las Fallas festival to demonstrate their displeasure with club owner Peter Lim and coach Gary Neville.

Las Fallas—a world famous festival of fire—is a week-long, annual celebration, in which locals prepare figurines of famous people and then burn them. The ritual, according to AS, symbolises a displeasure with a currently personality and the state of affairs, and a desire for something better to emerge in the future.

Finding himself alongside the likes of Pope Frances and Spain president Mariano Rajoy, both Neville and Lim were represented by figurines made by the public…and duly set alight.

The rookie coach arrived at the club in 2015 as a replacement for Espirito Santo, but he both struggled to pick up his first victory in La Liga—going months without a win—and suffered a humiliating 7-0 loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

While Valencia enjoyed a brief resurgence in form earlier this year, and began to put together a run of results in the league, they have now lost their last three home games and were eliminated from the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao.

As reported by AS earlier in the month, Neville was called a donkey by the home fans, who also chanted for him to leave the club.

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