In the summer 2011, Gary Bowyer, then Blackburn Rovers U/21 manager / coach. Recommended to the then Rovers manager Steve Kean, that they sign Jamie Vardy (pic above) from neighbouring Fleetwood Town.
Vardy had arrived at Fleetwood from none league Halifax Town for £15,000 three seasons earlier.
He was scoring for fun in division two as Fleetwood soared up the league table. Fleetwood’s asking price was £800,000. A fortune to Fleetwood and much needed revenue.
Rovers were awash with the Venky’s money at the time. Agent / advisor, Jerome Anderson, was certainly spending it for them. Bowyer saw the potential that was in Vardy and told Kean so.
Swansea, Peterborough and Crewe all made bids for Vardy, but would not meet the asking price. Swansea then did bid £800,000. Kean / Anderson were not interested. But along came Nigel Pearson and Leicester City and snatched Vardy from under Swansea’s nose for £1m.
A punt, as Pearson described it at the time.
Rovers never made a bid. Instead Kean / Anderson paid Newcastle £4m for Leon Best. The more the fee, the higher the players wages, the longer the contract, the more the fee for the agent.
Draw your own conclusions.
Kean, like Pearson also had a £1m punt. For Jordan Slew from Barnsley!
The rest is history, Jamie Vardy is now valued at £40m and rising.
Gary Bowyers advice was dismissed. Although Bowyer did go on to do some pieces of business for his employer. Notably the signing of Rudy Gestede from Cardiff for £300,000. Rovers sold him for £6m. Then sacked Bowyer !
Some people never learn.