Just in case things weren't already bleak and bad and grim enough, here comes The FA bearing more gifts.
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000.
The Chelsea manager admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during half-time of the game against West Ham United on 24 October 2015.
Meanwhile, having fried the bigger fish, The FA threw the smaller fish back in the water and reminded him not to take the bait again. As if fish are capable of changing their scales.
With regard to Chelsea coach Silvino Louro, who denied an FA misconduct charge in relation to the same game, The FA, having considered further representation, withdrew the formal charge of improper conduct but reminded him of his responsibilities.
Mourinho had been hoping to avoid the stadium ban and unlike previous FA conflicts, he simply admitted this charge. The change of tactics has not worked. This season, none of The Special One's tactics are working.
In a way, it's almost poetic that Mourinho got himself banned for what very well could be (and some reports already say will be) his final match in charge of his second spell at Chelsea. Maybe bring forth the laundry basket, just for nostalgia's sake?