Ashley Williams says Everton was the ‘worst dressing room for him to walk into’

Ashley Williams says Everton was the ‘worst dressing room for him to walk into’ following his move from Swansea City.

Williams, 36, swapped the Liberty Stadium for Goodison Park in 2016, but it wasn’t all smiles when he first stepped foot in his new dressing room.

Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-A-Side Bet, the defender began by revealing the circumstances of the move.

“The funny thing about that move is that I've always been quite a fiery character on the pitch; the pantomime villain if you like”, Williams said.

“Everton was a team that I just did not get on with at all, so when I found out they were interested it was just bizarre.

“If I was ever likely to fight with players from any team, it would've been Everton – guaranteed”.

The former Wales captain had previous with Everton left-back Seamus Coleman, so who should he bump into during his medical at Finch Farm.

“I remember pulling up at Finch Farm for my medical and the first player I bump into is Seamus Coleman, one of my biggest enemies”, Williams continued.

“He looked at me, I look at him, we both say hello, he obviously knows I'm signing. It was just frosty.

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Things didn’t get much better for Williams when he first walked into the Toffees changing room.

“We go into the changing room, I see James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, so many players I've had rows with over the years. I'm sat there thinking this couldn't have gone worse”.

“On paper I probably couldn't have chose a worse team's dressing room to walk into, because I know they all disliked me, I kind of disliked all of them, and we've had so many arguments over the years.

“But after a few months you're really good friends”.

Despite the initial ill-feeling, Williams would go on to play 73 times for Everton and remains pals with his old Toffees team-mates.

He added: “We still speak to this day and we're such good friends, but I remember just sitting there in those first few days thinking 'what have I done'”.

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