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

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."