EDGAR Davids discovered just how big a challenge he faces at Barnet as his first match in charge at Underhill ended in a 4-1 home defeat to Plymouth.
The former Holland midfielder is the new joint head coach of the Football League’s bottom club, his first managerial position.
But there was no fairytale start for the former Champions League winner.
His new side fell behind after just two minutes as Rhys Griffiths converted a penalty and Maxime Blanchard made it two after 11 minutes.
David Stephens pulled one back five minutes later, but Argyle ran away with it in the second half as further goals from Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke Young earned them a convincing win.
Defeat left Barnet seven points from safety and five behind second-bottom Aldershot, who were thumped 4-0 at leaders Gillingham.
Charlie Allen opened the scoring after 11 minutes and Danny Kedwell added another from the spot. Myles Weston made it 3-0 by half-time and Chris Whelpdale completed the rout midway through the second half.