Updated: Saturday, 25th May 2019 @ 8:13am

Fired: Manchester’s Azhar Siddique is seventh victim of The Apprentice's boardroom

Fired: Manchester’s Azhar Siddique is seventh victim of The Apprentice's boardroom

By Gareth Westmorland

Manchester’s Azhar Siddique has been fired from BBC’s The Apprentice and became the seventh victim in the boardroom.

The 33-year-old founder and managing director of a Manchester catering and refrigeration company believed he was shown the way out from the hit BBC show because he was "a threat", following team Phoenix's loss this week.

The task was set for each team to buy wholesale products, sell them at a profit and then reinvest in the most popular stock.

"I am disappointed. I definitely thought Jade should have gone, but obviously I have to respect Lord Sugar's decision," said Siddique, who berated the Amstrad tycoon for “making the wrong decision”.

"I think a lot of the team saw me (as) more of a threat because I know how business works: I started my own business and I know how to make money. I'm the most credible person in the process.”

Team Sterling - led by Nick Holzherr - triumphed with total assets of £955.20, compared with £838.21 for Phoenix, which had Jade Nash in her first role as project manager.

Siddique, who admitted in his candidate profile that he gets restless very quickly, was chosen by Nash to face Lord Sugar in the boardroom along with Tom Gearing.

Thrill-seeker Siddique ultimately blamed the leader for the team's failure in the task.

"We didn't have any strategy in place and that's why we lost,” he explained.

“We played things based on Jade's decisions.

"I've grown a multimillion-pound industry and I've got the experience.

“But I think the others didn't listen because I was too technical."

Although the tension was clear, Siddique assured there's no bad feeling between him and Nash.

"I don't hold grudges, not at all. I get on with everyone," he said.

"But business is business. And in business, sometimes people have to make the right decisions and Jade made the wrong one, and Lord Sugar as well."

Siddique, who described Lord Sugar as "unpredictable and belligerent", is backing Gearing to win the show.

"Tom's a very strong candidate. He's young as well, he's a well-rounded individual and he knows how things should and do work," he said.