'Apprentice' reject happy to head home

Sandwich chain boss and former Middlesbrough FC trainee Rocky Andrews has become the latest 'The Apprentice' candidate to be fired - after a catering task where his team walked away with a £160 (€175.81) loss.

The 21-year-old Yorkshireman blasted southern city bosses and said he would have won the task if it had taken place in the north.

He said he was looking forward to getting back to the north - where people are "straight-talking".

Andrews was the youngest candidate this year and the only one who already earns more cash than he would have done as Alan Sugar's apprentice.

He left school aged 16 to pursue a career with Middlesbrough Football Club but was diagnosed with arthritis and now runs 15 sandwich shops across north east England.

The episode on BBC1 once again saw men versus women as in a City catering task.

The candidates swapped tie pins for rolling pins and had to buy their ingredients, deliver a lunch service and cater for a prestigious corporate function.

The women's team, Ignite, took £1,006.20 (€1,105.92) and spent £354.77 (€389.93), making a profit of £651.43 (€715.88). The men, who named themselves Empire and were led this week by Andrews, took £660.61 (€725.97) and spent £821.37 (€902.64) - making a loss of £160.76 (€176.67).

Speaking after the show, Andrews said: "Obviously I dont think I should've went (sic). But I'm looking forward to getting back to the north east of England and straight-talking people. People with a bit of craic in 'em."

Andrews also indicated that if he had won, he may have only worked for Sugar for a year.

"It was a 12-month thing to improve my business brain and see how a big corporation works," he said. "Obviously that'd stand me in good stead. I'd be 22 when I came out of that."

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