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Birmingham chief Brady lifts lid on Yeung's board bid

Karren Brady has lifted the lid on Carson Yeung's attempts to have Steve McManaman and Fan Zhiyi placed on the Birmingham City board.

"They [Carson Yeung and his partners] have a desire to have a seat on the board," Brady told the Birmingham Mail after Wednesday night's EGM.

"The board took a unanimous decision that they don't wish Steve McManaman and Fan Zhiyi to be on the board and we put that to the vote.

"The shareholders have overwhelmingly voted that they do not want them on the board either.

"When they put forward the resolutions, they enclosed the players CVs which declared they both have extensive knowledge of management of football clubs," explained Brady.

Brady and Blues disagreed with that, and the MD continued: "We felt they [their nominations] should have been on headed paper, and we also requested a letter from both of the people they were putting forward as directors that they wished to be nominated.

"We had no right to ask that, but it was something we requested.

"And also in relation to the [former] Chinese player, we had no idea if he had a visa to attend meetings and whether both of them would have the time to attend meetings. We had nothing back.

"We took legal advice and we were told our obligation was to put the resolutions forward."

Brady said she had no axe to grind with former England international McManaman, who tried to wriggle off the hook in the last few days.

"I have spoken to him a few times. I like him, he has been in my executive box." she added.

"He said to me that he didn't wish to stand.

"I phoned Grandtop and I said are you sure about him and they said they would get back to me.

"I said they would have to do it by [this] Monday - this was on the Thursday - because on the Monday the proxy forms went out and then it was too late. They didn't get back to me."

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