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Molina excited by challenge

Image: Nilmar and Villarreal have struggled this season, leaving them just above the drop zone

Jose Molina believes that hard work will turn around Villarreal's season, as he prepares for his first day as head coach.

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Jose Molina believes that hard work will turn around Villarreal's season, as he prepares for his first day as head coach after succeeding Juan Carlos Garrido at the helm. The former Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Deportivo goalkeeper has been handed the reins at El Madrigal following a successful spell in charge of the club's C and B teams. He has inherited a side that sits just one place above the drop zone, with only goal difference keeping their head above water, but Molina claims to be 'excited' by the challenge that lies ahead. "I feel supported by the club and that is very important for me," he said. "We will work non-stop with great humility and will strive to show that we are a good team. "I am very excited by this new project and it is a great opportunity for me." Garrido was sacked just before Christmas after winning just three of Villarreal's 16 league matches and now Molina has the task of lifting the club away from the relegation zone.

Calm

"I am calm and am confident in the team's chances because the players have shown that they have a lot of quality," the new coach continued. "We will try to recuperate the good football and, above all, the good results that we had before to make sure that everything is fine. "All we can do is work hard to move out of this bad situation and then we will see what we are capable of. "We want to show that we are not inferior to anyone and that what we do will take us to where we deserve to be. There is a lot of the season left and we have a squad with real quality. "I know the team well and I have been slightly surprised. We want to now motivate the players and make sure they enjoy being here." Molina's first league game in charge of Villarreal is in the local derby against Valencia on 8th January in El Madrigal.

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