I do think all of us, if our teams were in the Prem
, and were consistently 6th would at least wonder "What can we do to push on?"
I think, short of an injection of vast sums of money, a la Man City (or Chelsea originally), then it's incredibly difficult to break into the Man Utd/Arsenal/Liverpool/Tottenham group. Without significant investment, no one outside of Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham have a chance of qualifying for the CL - even teams like Everton and Villa, who in recent years have pushed close (and in Everton's case, qualified!), will now have very little chance of getting there.
Personally, I think they should make the FA Cup winners the fourth CL team.