The archetypal underestimated candidate. At the start, everyone assumes he’s a bit dim but he turns out to be a shrewd, lethal operator.
Graeme Le Saux
Would be the posh, well-educated candidate who Lord Sugar particularly relishes nailing to the wall in the boardroom.
The Gunners boss would absolutely romp home in the shopping round, when candidates have to buy everything on a list as cheaply as possible. He would ultimately finish fourth, treating the outcome as a significant triumph.
The self-assured striker would be in his element in the opening episode, when the candidates introduce themselves with un-self-aware, arrogant brags. “I can’t help but laugh at how perfect I am,” he’d say to the camera. Then, leaving the boardroom following his eventual firing, he would sniff: “I came like a hero, left like a legend.”
Would fall out bitterly with Lord Sugar, sparking years of litigation.
The pint-sized midfielder would miss most of the tasks after being rushed to hospital with a sprained ankle. Would eventually stumble into the boardroom, slurring about the opposing team: “What d’ya fink of Synergy?”
Task one: winner. Task two: winner. Task three: fired.
The motor-mouth would court controversy and generally fall out with everyone, like a slightly more masculine Katie Hopkins.
Would swap sides mid-task.
The disgraced broadcaster would particularly relish the early stages when men and women are kept apart in separate teams. However, he would ultimately be fired after verbally abusing Karren Brady.
Would be Karren Brady.
Louis van Gaal
The Dutchman would be one of the candidates who volunteer with suicidal arrogance to be team captain in the first week. Despite mounting a monstrously haughty defence of himself in the boardroom, King Louis would be nailed on to be fired at the first hurdle.
The one at the back you didn't notice until week six, who is then fired for not contributing enough.
Would keep turning up each week, even after he’d been fired.
A brilliant candidate, wheeling and dealing his way through week after week, but in the interview round would furiously storm off after one of Lord Sugar’s quizzical brutes describes him as said “wheeler dealer”.
Back at the house, Big Sam would neck a pint of wine and then give an indiscreet VT interview to the producers. On the You’re Fired spin-off show, he’d complain that “entrapment has won”.
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