Baresi backs Di Canio to bounce back

Former Italy defender Franco Baresi has backed compatriot Paolo Di Canio to make a success of his managerial career.

The Sunderland boss has found himself in the firing line after rounding on his players in the wake of a demoralising 3-1 Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace amid a difficult start to the new season.

When I was playing, I never thought that he could become a manager. But now it is easier to see why it has worked.

He has shown that he has a strong character, with passion. His objective was never to coach in Italy, it was always to come back to England.

I think that Paolo now has a good chance to be a really big success and I don't think he will want to miss it. He will do his best to show that he can do it.

When I played with Paolo Di Canio at AC Milan, I felt he was really talented and a very good player.

But he only played with us for a short period. He was a strong and very talented player.

– Former Italy defender Franco Baresi speaking to the Journal

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