England's Ashes win is tinged with anger because of past criticisms, according to selector Angus Fraser.
Captain Alastair Cook faced repeated calls to resign last summer, while, in March, Geoffrey Boycott said national selector James Whitaker should also go.
In addition, cricket director Andrew Strauss was derided for not ending Kevin Pietersen's international exile.
"What has been said or written about Cook, Strauss and Whitaker has been harsh and personal," said Fraser.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, former England pace bowler Fraser added: "There's a bit of anger.
"But there is also huge satisfaction. I'm delighted for Cook and Strauss, who took a lot of stick for the decisions he made."
England's 3-1 series win, sealed with an innings victory at Trent Bridge on Saturday, marked a huge contrast to a prior 18-month period of turbulence.
Following a 5-0 whitewash in Australia, Pietersen's international career was controversially ended and Cook battled to retain his job as Test captain.
The opener was sacked as one-day captain, but that did not save England from a humiliating first-round exit at the World Cup.
Managing director Paul Downton and coach Peter Moores were subsequently sacked, with Strauss's appointment as cricket director raising questions about Whitaker's future.
"Jimmy is the one at the front so he gets named-checked all the time," added Middlesex director of cricket Fraser, who sits on the selection committee with Whitaker, England coach Trevor Bayliss and Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell.
"Quite rightly you are under inspection, because you are there to do a job properly. But when people are making judgements on your character, knowledge and whether you are in touch with the game, you sit there and seethe.
"Sometimes success brings more relief than joy, or satisfaction from proving people wrong."