The knives were out for Glenn Roeder after a dismal start to the season left the inexperienced manager's West Ham side in danger of relegation. But an impressive run of form during the second half of the season saw them climb to seventh and head the teams who had failed to qualify for Europe - though they were still 11 points behind the sixth-placed side, and were left wondering what they might have achieved had they performed well all season. They suffered from inconsistency throughout the season and it was their dismal away form that ultimately let them down and which literally mirrored their home form: at home, they won 12, drew four and lost three whereas on their travels, they won only three, drew four and lost 12. They suffered a series of horrendous away defeats including a 5-0 trouncing at Everton, a 7-1 thumping at Blackburn Rovers and a 5-1 rout at Chelsea; these results would ultimately lead to them finishing the season with a goal difference of -9 despite winning as many as they lost.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored. (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished: (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
1Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Chelsea, the losing finalists.
2Blackburn Rovers qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners
3Despite relegation, Ipswich Town qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round as Fair Play Award winners
^Kanouté was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France, and represented them at U-21 level, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally through his father and made his international debut for Mali in 2004.