The appointment of Glenn Hoddle as Chelsea's new player-manager was awaited with much optimism for the new season, as previous managers had not been able to secure anything better than mid-table finishes in the three previous seasons. However, as the 1993-94 season lagged away, it looked as though Hoddle's appointment had done little to boost Chelsea's mediocre fortunes as they hovered around the middle of the Premier League. In the end, they finished 14th - three places lower than last season, but an appearance in the FA Cup final meant that they would be qualifying for the European Cup Winners' Cup whether they won or not, as their opponents Manchester United had already won the Premier League title and qualified for the European Cup.
As the players entered the dressing rooms for half-time at Wembley, the scoreline was 0-0, but Chelsea's dream was shattered in the second half as United scored four goals to win 4-0, but at least Chelsea would be playing in Europe next season for the first time in over 20 years. The wait for a major trophy, however, entered its 24th season.
Striker Mark Stein was added to the squad in mid-season, and quickly proved himself to be a competent Premier League goalscorer after impressing in the lower leagues. Pre-season signings Gavin Peacock was also impressive.
^Cascarino was born in Bromley, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his maternal grandfather. It was later discovered that his mother was adopted and he could not qualify through his grandfather, but was still eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland as his mother's adoption gave her Irish citizenship.