Meza leaves Pachuca, ending era of titles
Enrique Meza, a day after losing the Clausura 2009 finals, officially has announced his departure from Pachuca, stating that his cycle with
"It is impossible not to think what has happened, I cannot remain for many reasons, because they gave me a chance when everyone thought I would get sacked," Meza said to reporters. "But now I think that my cycle here has come to an end."
Meza arrived at Pachuca in the Apertura 2006 season and, after a shaky start, managed to lead the Tuzos to their first international championship by winning the 2006 Copa Sudamericana, becoming the first club to win a CONMEBOL tourney. With Meza at the helm, Pachuca also won the Clausura 2007 championship and back-to-back CONCACAF Champions' Cup in '07 and '08.
"I am saying goodbye to my friends, of a great club that gave me the opportunity to work, where I had many wonderful moments," said an emotional Meza. "Thanks to everyone, to everyone that supported me, to the squad, an exceptional group of players that defined a playing style which brought much satisfaction as well as headaches."
"It is not fair, everything that has been speculated, and I consider it a lack of respect," Meza said of recent rumors linking him with a move to Cruz Azul. "This is the right time for me to leave, I came through the front door, and like [Pachuca sporting director Andres] Fassi said, I leave through the front door of a great institution."