Kieran McGeeney hit back at his critics after Armagh got their championship campaign back on track with a comfortable All-Ireland qualifier win over Westmeath on Saturday evening.
The Orchard County manager, who came under fire following his side's Ulster SFC exit at the hands of Fermanagh, told the Irish News: "You have to listen to a lot, very little directed at you. Last year we got a lot of abuse for not getting out of Division 3. We lost basically half our team and the fellas got out of Division 3 (this year). We'd one bad day and they got a lot of stick for it. It's the first game they lost all year.
"(We were called) an 'embarrassment'. Fermanagh are a good team. It was tit-for-tat between us for a while and we lost a man early in the second half and for people to call us an 'embarrassment', it's tough to take. But when a Division 1 team gets beaten, it's just they didn't turn up.
"It's interesting when you're standing from my perspective. I listen to teams who are depleted, who are missing one or two, and we're missing 10 and we are an 'embarrassment'."