ONE OF THE MEN trying to plot England's downfall in next summer's World Cup Finals will be former Torquay United manager Lubos Kubik.
Czech-born Kubik has just been appointed as assistant to Bill Bradley, who is the head coach of England's Group 'C' rivals the United States.
He's confident that the US can do well in South Africa — and certainly better than Torquay did under him during their disastrous 2006-2007 relegation season.
"We'll have a good chance to win against Slovenia and Algeria," said Kubik.
"And we will challenge group favourite England for sure."
It's the third time that Kubik, 46, has worked under Bradley.
In the twilight of a successful international and club career, defender Kubik played for Bradley at Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer in 1998-99.
He was MLS Defender Of The Year in 1998.
Later Kubik worked under Bradley as a coach with the US team at the 2006 Beijing Olympic Games.
As a player, Kubik was top class.
He played for Slavia Praha, Derby County briefly after defecting to the West in 1988, Fiorentina, FC Metz in France and FC Nuremburg in Germany.
Kubik also played for the Czech team in the 1990 World Cup in Italy and in the side which reached the 1996 European Championships semi-finals in England.
His coaching record is not great, although his time at Torquay was hamstrung by the problems associated with then chairman Chris Roberts.
Roberts had revived an old association with Kubik in the Czech Republic and appointed him as Gulls manager, with some fanfare, at the end of November 2006.
United won only one FA Cup-tie and one League game during 15 matches under Kubik before he was sacked on February 5, 2007.
"It's true I do not have any major coaching experience," he said.
"In fact, I was not quite keen on taking up a coaching job in the Czech Republic.
"But they have discovered my skills in the United States, and I'm eager to help them out in South Africa."
Kubik revealed that he was on holiday in Florida when he received a call from Bradley offering him the job with the US.
He is expected to spend much of his time before the World Cup Finals on this side of the Atlantic, checking on the form and fitness of the US' UK and Europe-based players.
PAIGNTON-BASED South Devon College Football Academy student Jake Ellis gained his seventh cap for British Colleges in this week's 3-2 win over a touring Australia Colleges XI at Telford.
The 19-year old AFC Dartmouth and former Paignton Villa, Galmpton United Gents and Stoke Gabriel winger is in his third and final year at Vantage Point, having initially broken into the British Colleges side last season.
He played the whole 90 minutes on Thursday, going close to scoring on one occasion with a spectacular overhead kick that just missed its target. It was the Aussies' first defeat in 10 games during a mini-tour of Great Britain.