Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed his sadness at the likely exit of assistant first-team coach Steve Clarke to West Ham United.
Clarke has tendered his resignation at Stamford Bridge, although the Blues have yet to accept it and have refused the Hammers permission to speak to the Scotsman.
Scolari told reporters: "I don't agree with his decision, but I am happy for him because I like Stevie. I like him as a person and as a coach and I wish him all the best.
"Yesterday I invited Steve to visit my house and we discussed the situation between West Ham and Chelsea.
"I told him what I thought and this morning told (chief executive) Peter Kenyon what I think about Steve, that he is very important for me and for Chelsea.
"He is a man that is a link between me and the players and between me and the staff. He knows Chelsea very well and English players and clubs.
"When he told me about his projects, I said to him I could be the man who would open more chances for him to be the head coach in England or in other countries.
"I said I would give him more responsibility at Chelsea and would tell the press that Steve wanted to fly alone in the future.
"I don't know what happened in the night, but when I came here this morning I heard he had resigned."