Franco Baresi: "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."