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West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady insists former manager Avram Grant was given every opportunity to succeed by the club in their failed bid to preserve their Barclays Premier League status.

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"It woz 'im wot done it," you might say. If you wanted to point the finger in order to explain why a business as successful as the Premier League can make £2.2bn a year but has debts of £3.3bn, you could do worse than jab it at Lord Sugar. Sadly, however, in an industry where managers are sacked on a weekly basis, the phrase "You're fired" has lost all its power.

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Our choice of heroine says a lot about us, whether it's Rihanna or Rebecca Adlington. But as she mourns the loss of the woman who most inspired her, Charlotte Raven argues that today's contenders offer little to look up to

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A former cycling champion and a trained actress are among the contestants battling to work alongside Lord Sugar for the new series of The Apprentice.

Fruity task for Apprentice hopefuls

The next generation of business high-flyers are sent back to basics in the new series of The Apprentice.

The mixed messages of the AVs and AV nots

Surprising contradictions and odd alliances – it's not just politicians hoping to influence our votes at the referendum. What role is the press playing?

Alan Sugar draws up blueprint to save English football

Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar has drawn up a business blueprint to save English football.

Karren Brady: 'I regret taking only three days' maternity leave'

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit When I was seven, I remember sticking a sign on my bedroom window that read, "Manicures and massage, come on in." My mother rushed in, saying, "All these weirdos are knocking on the door." I used to write to my headmaster [at Aldenham School, Hertfordshire] too, with money-making ideas to raise cash for the school.

West Ham receive government approval for Olympic Stadium takeover

London mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that the decision to allow West Ham to take over the Olympic Stadium will prevent the venue becoming "a dust bowl" staging occasional athletics events.

Spurs warned off seeking stadium review

Hugh Robertson, the sports minister, has cautioned Tottenham Hotspur against seeking a judicial review over the future of the Olympic Stadium.

The two Davids make large promises as West Ham celebrate their big day

Co-owners barely manage to contain their excitement at being handed the keys to the Olympic Stadium, writes Sam Wallace

West Ham's superior bid threatens Spurs' dreams of joining elite

West Ham are set to be announced as the preferred bidders for the Olympic Stadium this morning after they were judged to have met more of the criteria set by the Olympic Park Legacy Company than Tottenham. The decision is a body blow to Tottenham's long-term bid to establish themselves among the elite of English football.

Tottenham hit back at Karen Brady 'scaremongering'

The contest to take over the Olympic Stadium broke out into a war of words last night with Tottenham launching the first image of their design and chairman Daniel Levy condemning remarks by West Ham's Karren Brady as "scaremongering and highly irresponsible".

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