Wexford manager Liam Dunne has said the county should focus on producing better hurlers instead of trying to "stick knives" in his back.
Dunne took a short break in Spain last week, missing Monday's training session ahead of Sunday's Allianz Hurling League Division 1 quarter-final clash with Waterford.
Dunne's back-room team took the session in his absence but his brief sojourn sparked a real backlash in the county, with the criticism hitting the 47-year-old hard.
“I’m getting a huge commitment out of guys. I’ll let people talk if they want to talk and let them throw out whatever rumours they want but I thought it was really over-exaggerated for to miss a training session on a Monday," he told RTÉ Sport after the 0-17 to 1-13 defeat at Wexford Park.
"We had two coaches in, two physios, three selectors. We’re just very, very disappointed with some people.
“I hope to be still around on the 22 May. There’s a county board meeting and maybe if they talked about people in the clubs producing more hurlers to come in the county team it’d be a lot better than trying to stick knives into my back.
"At least I know I’m doing my best with the players I have. I can't grow hurlers, I can't manufacture them. They have to come through the clubs. I’m just hoping the clubs will over the next number of years have better quality players t come in. But the players I have at the moment give me a huge commitment."