Birmingham City Football Club confirmed yesterday that attempts by Carson Yeung to install two directors on the club's board have failed.

Although details of the ballot were not released, it is thought the ballot represented a near unanimous rejection by shareholders of the resolution to put two ex-professional footballers on the Blues board.

Shareholders took part in a 'poll vote' to determine whether former Liverpool and England footballer Steve McManaman and ex-China captain Fan Zhi Yi would become directors. The vote was put to an emergency general meeting on Wednesday night immediately after the annual general meeting.

Blues managing director Karren Brady announced to the AGM a positive financial outlook for the club, and also ambitious plans to build a new City of Birmingham stadium in the next few years.

A statement on Blues' website yesterday said: "Birmingham City PLC announces that, at the Annual General Meeting held on 20 February 2008, all the resolutions proposed were duly passed.

"At the subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting to elect two directors proposed by Grandtop International Holdings Limited, the resolutions were not passed."