Chelsea No2 Clarke set to leave

Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke is set to quit Stamford Bridge.

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The News of the World says Clarke will leave after next month's match at Bolton.

The Scot is the last link to Jose Mourinho and his departure will be a huge blow to a club reeling from the shockwaves surrounding the controversial exit.

In his two spells at the Bridge, Clarke has built a reputation for loyalty to the Chelsea cause.

Yet he was shocked at the way Mourinho was ousted and concerned the arrival of a new backroom staff would leave him side-lined. One source said: "Steve loves Chelsea but he feels he has just reached the end of the line at the club.

"He thinks the time is right to try his hand as a manager."

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