"9" (neuf/nine) combined with "h" standing for (heures/hours) introduced the sound "v" (please don't ask why: this is odd enough).
I would suggest the following (all words to be pronounced in english)
>> ill hey nEver
(a) you will make "hey" as sharp as possible, i.e. avoiding the sound caused the "h" at the beginning of the word, i.e. as if written "ey"
(b) you will make the "E" sounding exactly as the "e" at the end of "never".