The fiery Sunderland coach revealed a softer side to his nature, after being criticized for his tough managerial style.
But, despite adoring the former X Factor hopefuls, Di Canio admits he had little knowledge of their music.
He said: “I don’t really know of their music, but I love what they stand for.
“When I was younger I used to look up to tyrannical figures like Benito Mussolini. But, now One Direction give me everything I need; spiritually, as well as physically.”
This bizarre endorsement is yet more proof that Di Canio is a sub-human who has no purpose living on this Earth.
In fact, the Italian has as much chance of staying in his job next season as Sir Alex Ferguson does maintaining an erection.
The management team behind One Direction released this statement:
“This isn’t really a surprise as the OD fan base generally consists of brainless little people who will soon realise they are genetically inferior to everyone else.”