New Gulls boss Lubos Kubik at Plainmoor
Torquay's Czech mate
By Laura Joint
Former Czech international defender Lubos Kubik has been appointed manager at Torquay United, and his immediate job is to keep the club in the Football League.
The 2006 roll call of managers at Torquay United has grown to four, following the appointment of former Czech star Lubos Kubik on 27 November.
Kubik, 42, made 56 appearances as a defender for Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.
During his playing career, he played for Slavia Prague, Fiorentina, French club Metz and Nuremberg in Germany.
Kubik in his playing days (Getty Images)
However, he arrives at Plainmoor with little managerial background. His last managerial post in the Polish lower leagues lasted just 10 games.
He takes over a Torquay United side which is again facing a fight for Football League survival.
Their 5-2 defeat at Peterborough on 25 November leaves them third from bottom in League Two.
Kubic says he won't be making any changes straight away: "Now it's very soon to say what I can change because first I must meet the players and first I must speak with them.
"I need a couple of weeks to take some ideas in my head about what I can change."
Kubik is a friend of Gulls chairman Chris Roberts
This is his first coaching role in England, and he has been brought to Plainmoor by new owner/chairman Chris Roberts - the two men have been friends for 10 years.
Kubik said: "Chris is my friend. I have come here to help him. I have a fresh start with the players.
"I did not have the possibility to play here when I emigrated, and I like football in England - and the atmosphere and the people as well."
It's believed he could be set to sign players from his home country.
Previous manager Ian Atkins has left the club, after turning down the new post of director of football.
Atkins led United to safety at the end of last season, when it looked at one stage as though they would be relegated to the Conference.
He said: "I wish the club, the players and the supporters all the best. When we stayed up last year, it was mission accomplished part one.
"And I do honestly believe that we were just starting to see the growth of possibly another fine Torquay team, which would be part two."
Earlier in 2006, head coach Leroy Rosenior parted company in January and his replacement John Cornforth was in turn replaced by Atkins.
So United now have a new chairman - Roberts bought the club from Mike Bateson in October 2006 - and a new manager.
last updated: 09/08/07