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Coach Yanal is dismissed by Turkey

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Yanal has paid the price for Turkey's failure to challenge Ukraine

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey coach Ersun Yanal has been sacked following a run of disappointing results in World Cup qualifying.

"We have parted ways with Yanal. The decision was made mutually and in a friendly manner," said Turkey Football Federation chief Levent Bicakci.

"Decisions need to be taken as an institution, with consistency and beyond personality," he added.

Yanal signed a four-year deal in April 2004 and it was hoped he would revive Turkey's recent fortunes.

But the team are second in World Cup Group Two, seven points adrift of runaway leaders Ukraine.

The coach had also been criticised by the media for dropping experienced striker Hakan Sukur from his squad.

Yanal replaced Senol Gunes, who was sacked when Turkey failed to qualify for the Euro 2004 finals.

Turkey shone at the 2002 World Cup finals, finishing in third place.

Yanal was previously in charge of first division club Genclerbirligi.

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