Tigers back under-pressure Maguire

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Wests Tigers officials insist Michael Maguire is still the man to coach the club as pressure intensifies following their worst ever start to a season.

The Tigers' 40-6 hammering from Manly marked their sixth loss in seven games, as they again failed to back up last week's golden-point loss to South Sydney.

The result has only intensified pressure on Maguire, amid a Sydney Morning Herald report emerging after the match that he could be sacked as soon as this week.

The Tigers however are adamant that is not the case, and that there will be no meetings over Maguire's future in the coming days.

"Wests Tigers can vehemently deny there are crisis meetings being held at the club," the Tigers said in a statement.

"Whilst disappointed with recent results, all at Wests Tigers remain firmly united and committed to producing a strong and competitive season together, and ready to get back to work tomorrow in preparation for round 8."

There is a belief within the club that there is light at the end of the tunnel, with their recruitment more targeted and a shift towards younger players evident.

But they also know the roster should have them higher on the table than 14th, where they are only above Brisbane and Canterbury on for-and-against.

Their defence is also the worst in the competition with an average of 31 points conceded per match, while their attack is ranked third-worst.

Maguire conceded the issue with his team was a mental one after they collapsed from an early 6-0 lead against Manly to concede three tries in three sets.

"We've just got to be able to handle the momentum better," Maguire said.

"Teams are scoring tries very quickly, you just have to accept if that does happen you need to be able to handle (it).

"They're the areas of our game which is the mental part of what goes on when you're playing footy."

Captain James Tamou backed Maguire's claim, given the team also conceded points in clumps against the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland.

Sunday's capitulation - which included 33 missed tackles - came after David Nofoaluma was denied a try through obstruction that would have put them 10-0 up.

Within the blink of an eye, the Tigers trailed 18-6 and they never recovered.

"It definitely is a mental thing," Tamou told AAP.

"We were disallowed a try and maybe everyone's heads went down.

"Once that happens, we're not connecting and getting in our own heads. With a bit of adversity, we're not sticking at it.

"You can tell the effort is there, but at times we're going in different directions. We're not all on the same page on the field."