@Markez17 , Hi, mate..
Thank you for organising this WC event again. I really appreciate your hardwork..
About “safe place”, please let me give you my opinion..
I understand your point that you want to make this WC has more quality of managers. Let’s say the reigning champion, or last 4 place of last edition, or even last 12. So you want to give them the advantages you think they deserve. It’s ok. You can do the easiest way for them to enter the WC. But..
For me, whatever proposal you have, once a manager enter the WC, he/she should has the same position with everyone in the tournament. No more advantages. I think that’s @MenagerBL wanted to say with the “stupid” word..
Whoever passed the qualification for the tournament should has the quality. (In real life, you can see even the reigning champion could failed the group stages of the WC).
Beside the pot of groups you might want to arrange, everyone in the tounament is equal. That will make the tournament fair and great..
If, in any considerations, you still want to make further "safe place", I suggest you make the 2nd qualificaton period.. Not after the tournament start..
Of course it’s only my opinion. The decision is yours.
Thx for reading. Peace..