First Press Conference for Unknown Manager
It was a predictably packed Madrigal press room following the announcement of rookie manager 'Thomas to the post, with fans and media alike desperate to learn his aspirations for the club.
He signed a three year contract with the club and was quick to answer his critics as he sat in front of the cameras for the first time.
Guillem Balague: Welcome Jack, your first managerial post in football. What draw you to Villareal?
: It's an extremely intimate club almost like family and I like that feel. I've been made to feel very welcome and the facilities here are fantastic. The warm weather was quite a decisive factor too!
Sky Espana: Your appointment has come as a big surprise to many, what can you bring to the club?
: I feel i'm a good recruiter and manage a club from the sideline. I entrust my backroom staff as much as myself although the final say goes through me. I feel I can bring some youthful passion to the club and hopefully lead them to even more success than whats already been achieved.
Sky Espana: They're are rumors of players being bewildered with your appointment, what would you tell him?
: To give me a chance. Im here to help them reach their potential and they all know that. I'm here to make changes for the best of the club and I won't keep a player here that would rather play elsewhere. If they want to be part of something potentially special, they'll stay but I won't stand in anyone's way.
Guillem Balague: Giovani Dos Santos has been quoted saying in the Mexican press he wants to move away, with many suitors looking to broker a deal for him. Whats your stance?
Gio is a wonderful player but nobody here is bigger than the club. Gio is on a very high wage and if he was to leave it would give plenty of funding to replace him. If whats been quoted is true I wouldnt stand in his way and would wish him the best.
Guillem Balague: Other big players such as Mussachio have been linked with other clubs
: Mateo again is a wonderful player. The rumors are true and we've already rejected two bids from Premier League clubs. Ideally we'd like to keep Mateo around and we are working towards that hopefully being the solution.
ESPN: What expectations have you been set this season
: This club is too big to not play European football. You've all seen on the big euro nights what a cauldron this place turns into, so we will always be looking to be in European competition.
ESPN: Do you expect to be active in the window? Palermo duo Pablo Dybala and Fabio Darpela have been linked with moves to Villareal
The window is full of speculation. Both are great talents but are not our player. We will have to sell before we can do any business but I'd be surprised if there wasn't a new face or two joining this summer.