Aston Villa improved drastically on the 17th place of the previous season and spent most of the season challenging for the title, finishing in second behind Liverpool. This was their highest finish since 1980–81, and a great result for a team in only its second consecutive season in the top flight.
At the end of the season, manager Graham Taylor accepted an offer to take over management of the England national football team. He was replaced by Czechoslovakian Jozef Vengloš, who had just led Czechoslovakia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. In taking the Villa hot-seat, Vengloš became the first manager from outside of Britain of a top flight club in English football history.