First time I did my clutch, I took the intermediate shaft off.
Second time, I left it on.
Either way, two people are helpful.
If you have that much free time, you should swap to the hydraulic setup as well.
Might as well do the rear main seal while your there.
Don't forget new flywheel bolts if you remove the flywheel.
Also, don't forget new pressure plate bolts and axle nuts.