FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after an event with reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of this year, confirming speculations about another high profile departure from his team.

Trump broke the news on Saturday and described the former Marine Corps general as a loyal aide during his tenure.

“He’s a great guy,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Philadelphia where he will attend the annual football game between the Army and Navy military academies.

“I appreciate his service very much,” the president added. “We will be announcing who will take John’s place. It might be on an interim basis.”

Trump, a freewheeling former businessman, brought Kelly in last year to restore order to his often chaotic White House, but clashed repeatedly with him in recent months.