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The Reds chief is set to go up against the former West Ham and Celtic striker for the first time next Tuesday but does not want any of the controversies that have overshadowed the Italian’s tempestuous start to his career in the dugout.

So far this campaign Di Canio has already been involved in a brawl with his own player Leon Clarke while there were more ugly scenes after his side’s win at Rotherham.

And Evans is hoping that people will only be talking about the football after the two bosses square up at the Broadfield.

"I’m sure the Crawley fans will make him feel welcome on Tuesday in the same way home fans welcome me when my team play away," he said. "As long as we don’t see the kind of scenes we saw on Sky over the last few weeks I’m looking forward to going up against him.

"But when you see a manager clashing with his own players then it suggests that something is wrong. Rotherham manager Andy Scott has come out and expressed his views about what has gone on publicly and it isn’t the sort of thing you want to see."

Despite the fiery nature of the Italian, Evans thinks Di Canio is good for raising the profile of lower league football and can use his profile as a positive force in the game.

"I think having someone like him can be good for football as it certainly brings a lot more exposure to our league," said Evans. "My memories of Di Canio are watching him play as he was a fantastic footballer and wonderful to watch.

"Whether if I was a chairman I would want him as my manager though is a totally different question, although it’s not really my place to say.

"All I know it’s a massive week for us and the Di Canio Circus rolls into town next Tuesday."

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