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Bossy Irish mum to take charge on Apprentice

AN IRISH mum will make her first appearance on the BBC's The Apprentice tonight as her "bossy boots" personality shines through.

Jane McEvoy (28), who founded a food manufacturing company, has revealed that taking charge comes naturally to her.

The Kilkenny mum-of-one said: "I do think I'm a team player.

"My son calls me a bossy boots, so it's probably the best role for me to be in," she said.

And entrepreneur Alan Sugar (64) has laid down the law to this year's contestants -- warning them to avoid game plans at all costs.

Sugar told competitors they were likely to be left disappointed when they unravel during this year's series.

"Some of you come here with preconceived plans of how this is going to play out.

"Let me give you a warning, don't try and hide," he said. "We're not playing Where's Wally here. I'm not looking for Lord Lucan, I'm looking for somebody who is going to put themselves forward and show me that they have the aggression and business acumen to be my partner." In the first episode, the boys and girls are separated into two teams -- team Phoenix and team Sterling respectively.

They are set the challenge of starting their own print business.

The girls' team is led by Bilyana Apostolova (25), a risk analyst originally from Bulgaria, who decides to go ahead with printing an animal design on children's clothes and sending a sub team to London Zoo to flog the team's wares.

The boys target tourists instead with Union Jack T-shirts and red bus branded bags.

Another Irish contestant joins this year's series. Westmeath-born Stephen Brady moved from Mullingar to West Hampstead, north London, when he was seven with his parents Rosie and Jim. While he has long lost his Irish accent, he insists that he is "still very attached" to the Republic.

The former semi-professional footballer played for Hendon FC in the FA cup before moving to Vienna, Austria, where he works for Holmes Place chain of fitness clubs.

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