Former Newcastle United star leaves first managerial role following successful relegation battle

The former Magpies forward was a big part of their promotion into the Premier League during Chris Hughton’s time in charge at St James Park.

Former Newcastle United star Peter Lovenkrands has left his role as manager of Danish club Fremad Amager.

The former Magpies forward become a popular figure at St James Park as he score 22 goals in 75 games across two separate spells on Tyneside.

Lovenkrands was a member of the United squad that was relegated from the Premier League in 2009 but returned to the club less than two months later on a three-year deal.

The Dane formed a deadly partnership with Andy Carroll and scored 13 goals in 29 appearances as Chris Hughton’s side completed an immediate return to the top flight by securing the Championship title.

Lovenkrands remained on Tyneside until the summer of 2012 when he joined Birmingham City and he would end his career with the Midlands club two years later.

The former Danish international spent time as an academy coach at Rangers before taking on a role as reserve team coach with the Scottish giants in June 2018.

He took on a first senior managerial role last summer when he took over as manager of Danish club Fremad but confirmed his departure after just one season on Friday afternoon.

In an emotional post on his Instagram account, Lovenkrands said: “The last season at Fremad has been extremely challenging both on and off the pitch.

“However, I’m very proud of the players and the staff on how they conducted themselves throughout the season, supported me and obviously delighted that we collectively managed to secure our position in the division. It was a very satisfying end to the season.

“After much and careful consideration and talking it through with my family and the club, I have decided to leave the club and pass the baton on to someone else to lead the club next season and in to a new chapter.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the club for giving me the opportunity and thank all the players, staff and the fans whom have all supported me so brilliantly throughout the season during some very difficult circumstances.

“I wish Fremad all the very best for the future.”