Pardew, who is the current bookies favourite for the West Brom post, signed Ashton for West Ham United.
Pardew, who worked with West Brom technical director Nick Hammond at Reading, is the current bookies' favourite to suceed Tony Pulis as manager at the Hawthorns.
A report in Wednesday's Sun newspaper (page 57) claimed there is mutual interest between the Baggies and Pardew, who signed Ashton during his time in charge of West Ham.
And speaking to Talksport this afternoon, Ashton said his old boss's fresh approach would have a positive impact on West Brom's players.
"From what I’ve heard (about Pulis) the training’s hard," said the 33-year-old. "It’s a lot of shape, it’s a lot of organisation, which obviously is important.
"But under Pardew, what you get is - you do get that as well, everything he went through with a fine toothcomb in terms of the opposition - but the training was fun, the training was about attacking football. His philosophy is about how can we attack this team, how can we exploit this team.
"He was great with the players and I think he probably does get a hard rep, obviously because of what happened at Newcastle and at Crystal Palace, and maybe one fault of his is that he maybe gets on too well with the players and when things go poorly it’s hard to then have that respect from the players that maybe he needs. But I’m sure it’s something he’s learnt from.
"From a personal point of view I enjoyed playing under him, I enjoyed the style and I think the fans that have watched his teams will say the same."
Pardew led West Ham to promotion from the Championship, ninth in the Premier League and an FA Cup final during his three-year tenure at Upton Park.
The 56-year-old was sacked by the Hammers in 2006 and has since managed Charlton Athletic, Newcastle and Palace, whom he left last December - seven months after the Eagles' Wembley defeat against Manchester United.
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