He previously coached the following teams:
He reached the 4rd round of the UEFA cup with Gençlerbirliği SK and was knocked out by eventual champions Valencia CF 2-1 on aggregate after extra-time in the second leg. He also twice lost the final of the Turkish Cup to Trabzonspor in 2003 and 2004.
In April 2004 he was appointed as head coach of the Turkish National Team. Yanal's tactics showed their fruit immediately as Turkey won the Friendships Cup after beating Australia 3-1 and 1-0. Yanal's successful run was ended by South-Korea after a 2-1 defeat. His job was to secure qualification for the 2006 World Cup but despite being on target to achieving this goal, sitting in second place in the qualifying group, he was dismissed in June 2005 to be replaced by Fatih Terim.