Kevin Muscat admits it was "bloody hard" enduring the taunts and pressure that followed Melbourne Victory's up-and-down A-League season.
But after winning the club's fourth title and his second as a coach, Muscat hailed his team for "staring down them hurdles" and rising above them.
Hardships have followed Victory throughout this campaign: the slow start, mid-season form slip and increased strain on their coach.
The "Muscat out" chants started as Victory went the first six games without a win and increased when they lost 4-1 to Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium in December.
But after the club showed their faith by extending Muscat's contract and his team showed the league they weren't done for, Victory did what no other club has ever achieved in the competition's history and won the title from fourth place.
Saturday night's 1-0 grand final win over the Jets at the same Hunter venue put to bed all those doubts in one fell swoop.
"The amount of adversities, challenges and obstacles that we had to jump, it's been phenomenal," Muscat said.
"I don't think it's been highlighted enough because I tend to not bring them up or talk about it because it's just perceived as excuses.
"It's something I'm not really comfortable with, making excuses. So instead we just stared the challenges down one by one and got ourselves to a point where, towards the back end of the season, we got some continuity and belief started building.
"And as the season came to a close, we were just getting stronger and stronger.
"To come from fourth - I understand that hasn't been done before - and win an away grand final isn't easy."
Victory's triumph makes them the most successful club in A-League history with a record four championships. Only NSL outfits Sydney City, Marconi and South Melbourne have matched it.
It also lifts Muscat into an elite group of coaches alongside bitter Jets counterpart Ernie Merrick, Graham Arnold and Ange Postecoglou as the only coaches to have won two A-league titles.
He admitted it's not been a breezy ride.
"I choose this profession and it's not easy, it's bloody hard," Muscat said.
"I choose this profession and know everything that comes with it.
"We weren't travelling well after eight rounds and it was a period of time where we had some frank discussions ... we were the only ones with belief we'd be able to do something.
"The fact we've done it so hard, travelling away to Sydney and Newcastle to reach this pinnacle. It's outstanding and one that shouldn't be underestimated."