Apprentice: Another one bites the dust
BUSINESS psychologist Edna Agbarha became the latest candidate to be scrapped from The Apprentice – after failing a junk removal challenge.
Agbarha was rubbished by Lord Sugar after her team failed to make enough money getting rid of waste products.
But the 37-year-old insisted she did not deserve her trashing in the boardroom and laid the blame with project manager Zoe Beresford, who was reduced to tears on day one of the task.
“In this case, Zoe should have gone. Her leadership skills were non-existent, there were no decisions and no strategy, she was quite shambolic,” Agbarha said.
“She fell apart by her own admission and Lord Sugar said she fell apart too.”
The rival teams were given a tipper truck during the two-day challenge to make a profit collecting refuse to dump or sell on.
Team Logic, led by executive assistant Helen Milligan, secured two contracts on the first day of the task by offering to clear out waste from an office with furniture for free, in the hope of selling the items.
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Beresford could not hold back her sobs after learning her group were empty-handed, and despite a more lucrative second day’s scrap-collecting, Team Venture lost the task by just �6.
After sending the winning team to relax at a thermal spa, Lord Sugar turned up the heat in the boardroom.
He told Beresford: “You lost it, by your own admission you lost it, and I’m pleased that you admitted you lost it ... but there’s a limit to how long I’m going to put up with someone telling me I got this wrong, I got that wrong.”
The tycoon then turned on Agbarha, and said her performance did not match up to her impressive CV, which includes three degrees and two Masters qualifications.
Firing her, he added: “Edna, I just don’t think you and I are going to gel in business.”
Agbarha - the oldest contestant in the BBC1 series - said she regretted “overplaying” her qualifications.
“Lord Sugar’s from a completely different background so I think he didn’t quite appreciate that,” she said.
“Because I was the oldest contestant, I wasn’t fazed by many of the things that happened in the house, in the tasks and in the boardroom, so that probably was an asset for me, my experience and my credibility.
“I probably downplayed it though. I kept on talking about my three degrees and I underplayed my 14 years of practical experience.”
Agbarha - from Streatham Hill, south London - said she would have done things differently if she had been given a second chance in the boardroom.
“I hadn’t really developed my boardroom strategy and I don’t think I gave a great account of myself,” she said.
“The atmosphere is so tense you cannot believe. What you see on TV does not give you a true reflection of what’s happened in there - you’re being critiqued from all different angles, you’re being attacked. It’s a ferocious jungle in there.”