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Ventura was sacked on Wednesday. after 15 months in charge following the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden.
Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi claims players and ex-players also want him to exert pressure.
Gab Marcotti talks all things Italy, including Tavecchio's role as president and the omissions of Balotelli and Giovinco.
Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish anthem.
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is seeking a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach.
Martin O'Neill has indicated that he plans to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager despite the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.