There was an air of celebration at the Orbital Fasteners Stadium on Saturday evening. Kings Langley had beaten Corinthian-Casuals 3-0 to reach the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Chris Cummins said he was one of the first to leave the ground but the players remained. That pleased the new manager, who wants to continue to develop a family environment at Gaywood Park.

“I’m not saying we’re going to be a Watford Football Club but we need to have that ethos,” the 47-year-old said, drawing on his experience of working as a youth coach under Graham Taylor and the family culture at Vicarage Road.

“It can’t be about players just turning up, playing 90 minutes, picking up their money and going. We have to try and get an environment where they’re happy to be here, the kids are running around playing, the wives and girlfriends are happy to be here and that will be taken onto the pitch.

“From what I’ve seen of the players they seem all together. If we can get that environment I think we’ll attract players as well, people will want to come and play here.

“But I don’t want it to be that teams are going to be happy to play here because they know Kings Langley are going to be (a soft touch). We have to compete and we have to earn the right to play, so we are going to be hard to beat as well.”

The appointment of the former director of youth at the Hornets and Luton Town was announced on Friday and his tenure got off to a great start as Mitchell Weiss’ brace and a Roddy Collins header saw Kings’ FA Cup adventure continue the following day.

“It’s massive for the village, massive for the club and I thought we thoroughly deserved it as well,” Cummins said of Saturday’s win.

Turning to the fourth qualifying round trip to National League South side Maidstone United, he continued: “I think it’s a good draw and we’ve got a chance. I think we’d have a chance whoever we played.

“Everybody likes an underdog, everybody likes an upset and let’s hope that we’re going to be the one that causes an upset in the next round.

“Financially it’s great, but I think the players have taken to it as well and they’re performing.”

Cummins is intending to “tap into whoever I need” as he gets his feet under the managerial table at a club where he wants to make a difference.

“I’ve been out of football for a couple of years and I’m not interested in going back into full-time football,” Cummins explained when asked what attracted him to the Langley job. “I came down, had a look and I have to be honest if I didn’t like what I saw I probably wouldn’t have come in.

“There’s a togetherness, a willingness to learn and there’s some quality as well. I’ll probably get a few younger players in and around it and the experienced players will help them develop, but I think they’re a good group who have got a lot more in them."

He continued: “I think it felt right and I think I can make a difference. I think I can make a difference on the pitch and I think I can help the club generally off the pitch, whether that’s helping with some of the younger teams or improving the facilities.

“It’s local which kind of suits me so maybe I’m being a little bit selfish, but I know the area, I know a lot of the players and the majority of the players are local lads which kind of attracted me to it as well.”

Cummins is the permanent replacement for Dean Barker who resigned last month. But he has effectively succeeded interim boss Ryan Jackett, who has remained as part of the management team at Gaywood Park.

The new Kings manager worked with Jackett’s father, current Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett, during their time together at Watford and he smiled: “His (Jackett’s) mannerisms are exactly the same as his dad. He says things and I keep having to look over my shoulder to see if it’s Kenny next to me.

“He’s keen, he’s enthusiastic, he knows the club, the players respond to him, he’s got some decent ideas, he wants to learn and I said to him ‘I’m not going to start bringing in loads and loads of staff, there has to be continuity at the club’.

“I’m more than happy to have him working with us and his knowledge of the league and the players has been great, but it does bring back a few memories of my Watford days.”

Kings’ first Southern League Premier Central assignment under Cummins couldn’t be much tougher – they entertain leaders Rushall Olympic on Saturday – but it’s a cup tie the following weekend that is understandably prominent in the club’s mind.

Cummins said: “Of course I’ve looked forward at fixtures and thought ‘we might able to nick points there or there’, you always try and take one game at a time but we’ve got Maidstone coming up and I think that’s key for everybody at the club, staff, supporters and players, so we’re going to have our eye on that.

“But we want to get ourselves as high up the league as we can, attract some better players, play a nice attractive style of football, grind out results when it’s right and see where that can take us.”