Nor, he admits, was he good enough with the media.
Pardew is now at Crystal Palace having left Newcastle United earlier this season, where he is currently flourishing in an atmosphere he rarely got to experience on Tyneside.
He will have had fonder memories of his time at West Ham, where he helped the Hammers reach the FA Cup final in 2006.
But Pardew insists he is a far better manager now than he was during his days in east London. At Crystal Palace, the 53-year-old prides himself on the tactical side of the game. At West Ham, though, supporters weren't able to see that as Pardew wasn't quite at the right level, he says.
"There are a lot of things you have to cover as a manager, things you have to be good at," the Crystal Palace boss told the Mail.
"The tactical side of the game, on game day, that is probably my strength. There are other aspects of the job I think I’ve had to learn to be good at. Integrating with players, managing players.
"I don’t think when I first started at Reading and at West Ham I was particularly good at it. I don’t think I was very good at dealing with the media either."
Crystal Palace travel to Sunderland later today, while West Ham host Stoke City in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce is currently in charge of the Hammers but his long-term future is the subject of question marks with his contract expiring at the end of the season.