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Lets look on the positive side Raf..
Yes we know we'll need substantial amounts of cash spent on improvements..
Lets wait and see what happens !!
Ideally a transfer budget between £60 - 100m is whats needed..
Answer - yes. Holders always get the chance to defend their title, but no country is allowed to have more than 4 teams in the competition.
If that happened again, we would replace the 4th place getter in the qualifying round.
1.03 The UEFA Champions League title-holder is guaranteed a place in the group stage if it does not qualify for the competition through its domestic championship.
a) If the title-holder comes from an association entitled to more than one place in UEFA CL and qualifies for the UEFA Cup, the lowest ranked club of the association's UEFA CL representatives is automatically transferred to the UEFA Cup.
If we win the CL (not saying we will) and Everton finish 4th, we would go to the CL and Everton would move to the UEFA Cup.
Well as far as i know, after 2005 situation, UEFA came to an agreement that the winners can defend the title regardless of league position - but i could be wrong.
also does the rule still apply if the team gets relegated to the lower division?