Fabio Capello believes Carlo Ancelotti can "complete" his career by taking charge of Italy, while ruling himself out of taking over the Azzurri.
Gian Piero Ventura's long-term prospects of keeping his job are reportedly slim, even if he manages to overturn the 1-0 deficit to Sweden in their World Cup play-off.
Failure to secure a suitable result at San Siro on Monday will see Italy fail to qualify for a World Cup for the first time in 60 years.
"I've done my duty with international teams," he was quoted by Quotidiano Sportivo.
"Ancelotti is the right age, has great experience and is only missing a job like this to be complete."