Everyone on these shores seems to have an opinion on the former Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham, Charlton and Celtic star, but what about the view from his native Italy?
We asked Eurosport Italy's managing editor Luca Stacul on how Di Canio, who played for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and Milan before leaving Serie A, is perceived in the country of his birth.
Do people still like Paolo Di Canio in Italy? Do they follow his career now?
Di Canio is appreciated in Italy because of his managerial qualities and the 'new image' he has carved out for himself in English football. But from a political point of view he’s still a controversial figure, for sure.
When he gave the salute in 2005 for Lazio did he get in trouble? Was it popular with fans?
After he made that gesture he got a one-match ban and a 10,000 euro fine. But yes, it was popular with the fans, considering that Lazio fans are extreme right-wing in terms of politics and the opposition was Livorno, who on the other hand has an extreme-left majority fan base. Lazio fans were delighted, but Di Canio was still widely criticised by the press.
How popular in Italy are Di Canio’s political views?
The fascist political view, if you can call it that, is not so popular nowadays, but you can still see many facets of it in our society. Just think about the recent aggression of Lazio fans towards Tottenham supporters (who have Jewish ties). And what about the crazy Kevin-Prince Boateng situation at the beginning of the year when an AC Milan friendly was stopped because of racist chants? That's not fascism, but it is nevertheless a cultural issue related to social differences in our country.
Can you understand why people in England are worrying about his politics?
Yes, of course we can understand why English people are worried. But perhaps the questions are: do you want a good manager or do you want a 'good person'? It’s a bit like asking Liverpool fans if they would want to drop Luis Suarez from their starting line-up...