GUARDIOLA, Klopp and co would all be in for a culture shock if they took charge of Steeton.

That's the view of the man synonymous with the club for the last 12 years and counting in that particular hot seat, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

Roy Mason bleeds, sweats and has probably had a few tears over the Chevrons. After all, it is one of his two full-time jobs, as he jokes.

Monday to Friday, the 50-year-old works as a shoe buyer for a Manchester-based firm, topped off with being Mr Steeton at weekends and regular weeknights.

His unpaid, voluntary role with the club never seems to stop. He says it is more than just team talks and standing in a dugout on matchdays.

There's the player recruitment, organising and taking training sessions, scouting, organising player's kit, promoting the club and building up sponsorships, even in the past writing the matchday programme.

His voluntary role is so consuming Mason, who had two spells at Steeton as a player, has even roped his wife and two children into either helping out at Cougar Park or, in his son's case, playing for Steeton.

Mason says he may have different sorts of pressure to his Premier League counterparts, but doubts the bosses of Liverpool and Manchester City have ever tried to scramble a team together due to player absences because of a stag do.

Mason said: "It would be a massive culture shock for top professional managers to come into our league.

"It would be quite interesting for them to see what it's like.

"Up until recently I was editing the programme. I don't think any Premier League managers edit their team's programme.

"Sometimes lads can't train for various work commitment reasons. For the odd week they go on holidays and stag dos and miss games. I'm working with lads that have day jobs and some who come from work to the training ground."

Mason adds he never gets a chance to switch off from his job as manager, a role he thrives on.

He said: "There is always lots to think about. It's pretty much a full-time job.

"Training kit gets delivered to my house and my kitchen can look like a sports warehouse.

"It's a huge commitment for me. People see that I'm here on a Saturday and Tuesday, but they don't realise the time taken for everything away from the club.

"I manage the club, not just the team. You can't switch off from it. I manage it from the top to bottom.

"I don't get paid for the job I do at Steeton, it's voluntary. I do it for the love of it."

His gruelling daily schedule also offers an interesting insight into Mason's commitment and passion. He barely has enough hours in the day left to sleep.

He added: "I work probably 25 hours a week with Steeton. Football is my relief from everything.

"I work in Manchester, get up at 5.30am each day and out of the house for 6am and don't get home until around 6.30pm/7pm. My car is my office too."

He speaks of the close bonds he has made in the sport and the camaraderie with fellow managers at his level, but Steeton comes first.

He added: "I'm lucky at Steeton that I've been able to push and shape the club in the way I had liked to.

"The pressure I have is what I put on myself. The club has not got pockets of money to splash it about.

"Football has been a part of my life since I was five years old.

"As manager of Steeton, I've had a fantastic time, the County Cup final at Elland Road, but the most is the friends I have made through football."