Spurred on to success

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Winner of hit TV show The Apprentice Lee McQueen reckons his success on the show was the equivalent of winning the Premiership.

Mc Queen, the recruitment business manager from Buckinghamshire who landed a £100,000 a year job with Sir Alan Sugar said: “'I am a football fan and if you look at it as a Premier League table, I played 11 tasks, I won eight and lost three and I was never in the final three in the board room. I project managed three times and I won three times. There’s no doubt I was a worthy winner”

And, having pipped bookies’ favourite Claire Young in the final of The Apprentice, he revealed he hopes his favourite team Tottenham Hotspur – the club his new boss Sugar used to run – can emulate his success next season.

“I am a Tottenham Hotspur fan. I'm glad I'm not them or I would have been fired three or four weeks ago”, McQueen, 30, said.

“From the bookies' point of view they get things wrong sometimes - and they've done that this time around.

“I'll definitely enjoy the six-figure salary – definitely. The fame side of things has been good too. I get fan mail from men and women who are interested in meeting with me and speaking with me and wanting to get to know me so that's very flattering.”

Doubtless some of the mail Spurs fan McQueen could find himself receiving from Arsenal fans might not be quite so flattering!