Tottenham made a promising start under Jacques Santini and looked to be challenging for a place in Europe, but Santini resigned in November, after only twelve games, citing personal reasons. He was replaced by his assistant coach Martin Jol, whose first match in charge saw arch-rivals Arsenal win a thrilling North London derby 5–4. Following the derby defeat, results picked up and Tottenham were soon back amongst the race for a UEFA Cup spot, but a draw with Blackburn on the last day of the season saw their slim European hopes dashed. Nonetheless, good cup runs and the resurgence in the league under Jol gave Spurs fans hopes of a greater push for European football the next season.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored 1. Though they failed to qualify for the Champions League as one of the top four English clubs at the end of the season, Liverpool were given a special dispensation to compete as they were defending champions of the European competition. They were, however, forced to enter in the first qualifying round. See Liverpool F.C. 2005–06 UEFA Champions League qualification 2. Since the finalists of the 2004–05 FA Cup, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Chelsea, who won the 2004–05 Football League Cup, were confirmed to qualify for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and the fifth-placed team (Liverpool) were moved to the Champions League, the sixth and seventh-placed teams in the Premier League were rewarded with entry to the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. (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.
^Kanouté was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France, and has represented them at U-21 level, but also qualified to represent Mali internationally and made his debut for Mali in January 2004
^El Hamdaoui was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and has represented them at U-21 level, but also qualified to represent Morocco internationally and made his full international debut for Morocco in February 2009
^Tottenham completed the signing of Ziegler on 20 July, intending him to remain with Grasshopper until the conclusion of the Swiss league season in January, but decided to bring forward his signing to August.