Dan Harris 'deserved Apprentice boot'

'The Apprentice' contestant Dan Harris has admitted he deserved to be the first hopeful fired by Lord Alan Sugar, as he had ''bullied'' his team

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'The Apprentice' hopeful Dan Harris "deserved" to be fired by Lord Alan Sugar.

The 34-year-old sales director - who led the boys' team Synergy to failure last night (06.10.10) in a task which saw then take to the streets of London in an attempt to make and sell sausages - admitted he approached his role of Team Leader all wrong, and was a "bully".

He explained: "I spent most of the time watching that episode behind a pillow. I should have been fired. The way I tried to lead that task was to get people around a common objective and then try to make some money, which we did achieve.

"The way I went about it, to bully people, I think was the wrong approach and not my intention. It is certainly not reflective of the way I do business. Business relationships are built over months and years, you have time to formulate a partnership with staff."

Synergy were beaten by the girls' team Apollo - led by Joanna Riley - who made a £321.16 profit, which was narrowly higher than the boys' £305.90.

However, Dan believes the key mistake he made was putting himself forward to be the boss of the boys' team.

He said: "I think it is a poisoned chalice. I think the majority of project managers that have been up first have got fired and I was certainly aware of that.

"As soon as I said, 'Right, I'm going to do this.' I immediately regretted it."

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