Paolo Di Canio's career took another twist as he was appointed Sunderland manager, forcing David Miliband to resign his Director's post at the club in protest.
Whatever comes next, there are bound to be some more striking images if his past is anything to go by.
First appearance in Britain as Celtic footballer, 1996
David Pleat brings Di Canio to Sheffield Wednesday, 1997
Don't much fancy that pizza - with Benito Carbone, 1997
The good: scoring for Wednesday
The bad: Pushing referee Paul Alcock, 1998
Di Canio was eventually suspended for 11 matches
And the ugly: No comment
Pastures new: Joins West Ham (with Marc-Vivienne Foe, 1999)
THAT goal against Wimbledon, 2000
Given award for Fair Play after stopping play in an Everton match to allow a player to receive treatment for injury
Joins Charlton, 2003
Back to boyhood club Lazio, and back into trouble
Goals in Rome...
And 'Roman' salutes
Occasionally only in his pants...
Back in England as Swindon manager, 2011
Popular with the Robins fans as he wins promotion
Not always as popular with his playersRead More »from Di Canio’s controversial career in 18 photographs